Cycle lanes cause problems for road users, says Transport Secretary

Chris Grayling was speaking about wider transport issues when he made the comments about cycling

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling says there are places in London where cycle lanes “cause too much of a problem for road users.”

Road users being those in vehicles and not those on bicycles, according to the man charged with keeping the country moving.

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However, the Cabinet member, who previously used a publicly-funded address nearer to the Houses of Commons despite his constituency home being just 17 miles away, is not responsible for London’s transport budget as this falls under the Mayor’s remit.

The MP for Epsom and Ewell, on the edge of Greater London, who doesn’t cycle in the capital, was speaking to The Evening Standard about his plans to modernise the UK’s transport system: “I don’t think all the cycle lanes in London have been designed as well as they should have been.

“There are places where they perhaps cause too much of a problem for road users and they could have been designed in a smarter way.”

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“As Transport Secretary, I can only watch, because it is a matter for the Mayor,” he said, in the same week that it was announced that current Mayor of London Sadiq Khan plans to spend £770 million on cycling and cycle infrastructure.

Grayling continued his thoughts on two wheels versus four, saying “Motorists in London have got to be immensely careful of cyclists.

“At the same time, cyclists in London are too often unwilling to obey the road signs. I’ve seen regular examples of people who just bolt through red lights.

“The growth of cycling is a good thing. But good cycling is responsible cycling.”