Miles of new cycle paths built since the start of the pandemic have helped make London the most congested city in the world, research shows.
Supporters claim the additional cycle lanes boost cycling use and reduce pollution – but they have sparked fierce opposition from drivers who say they create bottlenecks, with stationary traffic spitting out vapors.
Now, traffic information provider Inrix has given weight to critics’ claims, claiming that separate spaces for cycling is one of the reasons drivers in the capital would lose an average of 148 hours stuck in traffic jams across the board. the year 2021.
Miles of new cycle paths built since the start of the pandemic have helped make London the most congested city in the world, study finds
Ministers controversially pledged £ 250million across the country for measures to encourage people to travel by bicycle and to minimize the use of public transport at the height of the Covid crisis. Pictured: A cycle path in Chelsea, London
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This is only 1% below pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, a much smaller drop than many other major cities around the world, and sees London climb up the rankings from 2020 when it was at the top. 16th place.
Ministers controversially pledged £ 250million across the country for measures to encourage people to travel by bicycle and to minimize the use of public transport at the height of the Covid crisis.
In London, several councils have reversed the patterns after opposition from motorists but a few cycle paths remain.
Inrix chief operating officer Peter Lees said the main reason for London’s surge in traffic congestion ranks was its relatively strong economic recovery from the pandemic compared to other cities around the world.
But he said the cycle lanes had also had a “negative impact on congestion”. “The use of roads is a matter of supply and demand,” he said yesterday.
“If demand increases but the road space is shared with other modes of transport, there is effectively less tarmac for cars, which then has an impact on speed on the road and therefore on congestion. “
Paris comes second in the world ranking for the largest number of traffic jams (140 hours lost in 2021), followed by Brussels (134 hours lost), Moscow (108 hours lost) and New York (102 hours lost).
Inrix has estimated that the economic blow to stranded drivers this year will cost an average of £ 595 per person and £ 8 billion in the UK.