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Cyclists and buses should cooperate

David Leeder’s column on the decline of the London bus network (Business of Buses, Buses May) articulates a real issue facing London busesbus speeds and ridership are dropping. However, from that solid start, Leeder makes a series of dangerous, anecdotal and unevidenced attacks on cycling as the primary cause of these issues. As a cycling campaigner, I’m perhaps unsurprisingly livid. Particularly because views such as Leeder’s are all too commonly held in the bus industry, and such views, when the evidence clearly contradicts them, only hold back bus planning, bus ridership and indeed everyone’s safety.

So here’s a plea from the “two wheels good” brigade as Leeder ludicrously puts it: those planning and delivering bus provision in London and beyond urgently need to work with active travel (walking/ wheeling and cycling) rather than against other sustainable modes. After all, a huge number of walked, wheeled or cycled journeys in London already are to or from bus stations, bus stops and tube stops.

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