Ed Miliband: When it comes to tackling the really big challenges of our world, you might not immediately think of cycling and walking as solutions. But it’s time to recognise the potential of the humble bicycle and our own two feet. Ultimately, if town and city planning reflected the lives we want to live, I think walking and cycling would be taken far more seriously. Inactivity isn’t the only deadly consequence of our current transport habits. Every year around 25,000 people are killed or seriously injured on our roads. Air pollution, meanwhile, is thought to be responsible for approximately 40,000 deaths in the UK each year. Giving people decent alternatives will make our air cleaner and streets safer. As for the streets themselves, designing our lives purely around the car just isn’t an efficient use of public space. One study found cycle lanes can carry two and a half times as many people as car lanes, despite taking up half the space. And if you added up the square metreage taken up by parking across the country, you’d get an area larger than Birmingham.
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