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A recent spate of articles have been claiming that separate bike lanes worsen air quality. The Guardian refutes this. Transport for London statistics show that just two weeks after the capital’s two new cycle “superhighways” were open, both routes were carrying 5% per hour more people than previously, a figure set to rise as more cyclists use them. Having given 30% of the space to bikes, these now comprised 46% of people using the roads. This makes sense when you realise that the standard traffic engineers’ rule of thumb is that a road that can carry 2,000 cars per hour...

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Although driverless cars will stop if an object is in their path, cyclists may be a problem because of the way they change in speed and shape. Former Renault-Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn described cyclists as ‘one of the biggest problems for driverless cars’ in 2016. Google continues to teach its cars to recognise cyclists’ hand signals and allows them more space on the road. Experts believe segregation and AV-only roads are inevitable. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is delivering a feasibility and R&D programme worth more than £200m, via Innovate UK. This includes the GATEway programme in...

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