First they invented the wheel. Next they invented the bicycle. Now, two major cycling organisations have once again announced an historic breakthrough in transportation.
The invention of a network of cycle routes for the capital promises to encourage locals and visitors to make more journeys by bike.
But with special added features including ‘Quietways’, ‘Superhighways’, and the ‘Bicycle Crossrail’, it is Transport for London’s ‘Central London Grid’ which has really made the headlines. The public will no doubt soon be calling it the ‘Boris network’.
Not all commentators, however, have been so impressed.
There have been murmerings that a London Cycle Network was invented decades ago. There have also been reminders that millions of pounds have already been spent developing this network, giving it a range of thousands of kilometres.
Some sceptics have even alleged that this development is ongoing. There is talk, for instance, of a truly groundbreaking ‘London Cycle Map’ to improve navigation and safety for people using the London Cycle Network (although even this map seems to have been re-invented).