Cycling veterans Sir Chris Hoy and Chris Boardman are on a mission to make our cities bike-friendly، as the Daily Mail said.
Hoy، 11 times a world champion and with six Olympic gold medals to his name، wants cycling to be at the centre of decisions about London's transport and neighbourhood improvements.
'You need to consider every junction and intersection; how، as a cyclist، you get from this side to that side safely، using other nations and cities as an example،' he says. Boardman - nicknamed The Professor for his meticulous preparation before winning gold at the 1992 Olympics - is just as pioneering.
He has become Greater Manchester's cycling and walking commissioner and is masterminding a 1،000-mile، £160 million scheme which will give that region the UK's biggest inter-connected walking and cycling network.
Our cycling aces have helped to inspire a surge in the sport (in England 7.6 million people cycle once a month، and 1.5 million do it at least five times a week). And this new interest is beginning to be felt in the design of our homes. Builders of new properties in cities are routinely installing secure cycle stores — often instead of car garages — while estate agents itemise cycle racks and mention official cycle routes in the details.
Sustrans، a consultancy that advocates 'live-able neighbourhoods' which are less reliant on cars، says new housing estates should be designed with the maximum number of direct cycling and walking routes built in.
It also wants cycle racks and other bike parking to be located closer to properties than car parks to reduce the risk of theft.