Cycle networks not only speed up the commute, they also improve air quality and make the city’s residents healthier.  And even in hilly locations like Lisbon, cycle networks flourish.

In fact, Lisbon has doubled its cycle networks in recent years.  It now has more than 100 miles of criss-crossing cycle paths, plus the city’s planners are introducing a new bike-sharing scheme where two-thirds of bikes will be electric.

Without the cycle network there’s not much point splashing cash on a bike-sharing scheme and with a hilly terrain many won’t use the bikes unless they get a bit of help from an electric motor.

This is a great example of joined-up thinking. Well done Lisbon’s planners.  What do you think about a similar scheme for Tunbridge Wells?

 

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