Don't treat low traffic neighbourhoods as 'political football', cycling charity urges government

Rishi Sunak's Conservative government positioning itself as "pro-motorist" with reviews of LTNs and 20mph speed limits incoming

A Low traffic neighbourhood in Birmingham
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The government should not use low traffic neighbourhoods as a "political football", Cycling UK has said.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak used an interview with the Sunday Telegraph to lay out his opposition to low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), which he portrayed as "anti-motorist". LTNs, schemes that seek to promote walking and cycling by stopping motor vehicles from using certain local streets as cut-throughs, rose in popularity during the pandemic.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.