Journalist admits corner of anti-cycle lane with London being named world’s most congested city “would attract more readers” – .

Journalist admits corner of anti-cycle lane with London being named world’s most congested city “would attract more readers” – .

Headlines in the mainstream media this morning accusing London of being named the city with the world’s worst bicycle congestion “don’t exactly represent what we said,” according to the company that carried out the research, adding that a journalist admitted that the anti-angle of the cycle path “attracts more readers”.
Traffic data firm Inrix named Britain’s capital the most congested city in the world last year in its 2021 Global Traffic Dashboard, and while COO Peter Lees said the reallocation of road space for pedestrians and cyclists was a potential factor, as we have pointed out. in our coverage this morning, the main reason he gave is simply that London’s economic recovery from the pandemic is proceeding at a faster pace than elsewhere – as a result, there is more car traffic on the roads compared to other cities.

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In a tweet this afternoon to London Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman, who himself posted on Twitter about the report, Dr Edward Seaton said Professor Tom Pike of Imperial College of London had contacted Lees, who had confirmed in a letter – reproduced with permission in the tweet – that the press emphasis on cycle lanes did not “represent exactly what we said”.

Lees wrote: “We gave a number of press interviews yesterday as part of the release of our annual scorecard, showing the world’s most congested cities.

“In all cases, the rapid economic recovery was presented as the main cause of congestion in London, while conversely, cities in other parts of the world have been much slower to return to near normal travel. , which listed them further down in the leaderboards.

“The sharing of road space with pedestrians – linked to social distancing linked to the pandemic – and the longer term provision of more space for cyclists were also mentioned, but as much more contributing factors. weak, ”he continued. “One reporter admitted that the comment on the bike path ‘would get more readers’, hence some headlines today, not representing exactly what we said.

“London’s number one ranking indicates a positive economic rebound for the UK,” added Lees, who expressed hope his answer “adds some clarity.”

He hasn’t revealed who the journalist in question is, but there are more candidates than in a prime minister’s constituency in a general election – take your pick from someone who works for the London Evening Standard , the Daily Express, LBC, Mail Online, and the, uh, Jersey Evening Post, among others.

Negative coverage of cycling infrastructure (or changes to the highway code aimed at protecting vulnerable road users and trying to empower motorists more) is attracting more readers and clicks – who knew?

We are shocked.


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