One of the more conspicuous of Boris Johnson’s cycling infrastructure initiatives is doing little for the East End high street it has carved up

Should London’s streets be designed for facilitating traffic movement or enhancing them as attractive places? The right answer is generally some variant of both, and takes different forms according to the type of street and the priorities of the people making the decisions.

Boris Johnson is, of course, such a person thanks to his much vaunted Vision for Cycling and its ongoing, high profile implementation on many of the capital’s roads. The hard part is getting the combination right because that is where the arguments begin. Some of the most fraught are about where cycling should fit in. Here’s a view from the author of the Cycle And Walk Hackney Blog about a major street in his borough:

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Source: Guardian Environment