Former Olympic cyclist Chris Boadman has warned the government has wasted hundreds of millions of pounds on “substandard” cycling lanes.
Boardman’s role as Cycling and Walking Commissioner for Greater Manchester, is urging the Department for Transport (DfT) to do more in building safer networks for cyclists across the UK.
According to The Guardian newspaper Boardman’s letter criticises cycling lanes as little more than painted white lines putting riders in more danger.
The newspaper added, that commissioner’s want a national minimum safety standard for cycling infrastructure to be drawn up, using money from traffic offences.
Boardman said, “It’s tragic that hundreds of millions of pounds of government money has been spent on substandard cycling and walking infrastructure.
“If national government were to adopt these asks, we’d be on a winning streak and could truly transform Britain’s towns and cities, not to mention massively improving air quality and health.”
The DfT has said that over the course of the parliament around £2bn is being invested in cycling and walking.