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Sarah Storey, One in a Million campaign

5th February 2019

Dame Sarah Storey today argued for better bike lanes, as part of British Cycling's One in a Million campaign.

The One in a Million campaign is British Cycling's initiative to address the gender imbalance in cycling. The goal is to get a million more women on bikes by 2020.

Storey said, 'We know that there is huge potential for women in particular to make more everyday journeys - especially commuter trips - by bike. Despite women on average having a shorter commute than men, only a quarter of all cycle commuters are women, so we clearly have a lot of work to do.'

'The reasons are quite clear: over two thirds of women believe that it is too dangerous for them to cycle on the roads, with most citing driver behaviour and inadequate cycle lanes and infrastructure as the main hazards deterring them.'

'What these barriers also tell us is that painted, poor quality cycle lanes on the road simply won't cut it. We have to stop creating cycle lanes that are too narrow, poorly maintained, and disconnected from other routes.'

'Above all, this comes down to the allocation of space, and if we continue to squeeze the space available to people on bikes and foot, they are more likely to have a negative experience. If anything, the current provision in many cases makes it even harder for us to enable new people to cycle, and offers very little incentive to those who would like to make more active travel choices.'

'If we are to truly make people on bikes feel safer and reduce the potential for conflict between road users, we need high-quality, fully segregated routes in all towns and cities, built to clear and consistent design standards, and properly enforced 20mph speed limits on quieter streets. Anything less than this and cycling will continue to be confined to the brave.'

I completely agree with Sarah Storey who expresses herself very well. I don't really care that this campaign is only for women. In any case these points apply to everyone.

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