Research shows there was a 12.3% fall in admissions in the first year after the law came into place in July 2007, and these have continued to drop in subsequent years, suggesting that the benefits of the legislation were sustained over time.
“Relatively, cycling is extraordinarily cheap,” said Mayne. “Cycling schemes routinely pay back their investment in one to three years. Your average road scheme pays back on paper in 20 years but usually doesn’t pay back at all. You can hit your climate change targets, your health targets, everything else. It’s a no-brainer.”