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No room for bikes: how one street shows the UK-wide failure over cycling

Dec 2nd, 2016 by

The fate of my small, south London road is a microcosm of the ways towns and cities are still planned around cars, not humans

This blog is sometimes criticised for focusing too much on events in London. At risk of seeming more parochial still, I’m about to write about my own London street. But stay with me: the failings in my part of SE5 contain lessons for the wider lack of safe cycling across the whole country.

Champion Hill, close to Camberwell in south-east London, is a classic rat run – a narrow and not-very-long residential street which has the misfortune to be on a shortcut between major routes, and is thus awash with traffic several times a day.

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