I would just like to add to my blog post, I am not entirely against Vehicular Cycling.
It is a good mechanism for coping with the conditions we are faced with.
But it is not a panacea.
It has not enabled the mass uptake of cycling.
It works for those people confident and dare I say, brave enough to share the road with motorised traffic.
But it shouldn't get in the way of demanding better.
Like car manufacturers shouldn't give up trying to make cars safer still, even though some clever so and so invented seat belts or air bags.
It has its place in helping the 2% who use our roads do so more safely. But this is not enough.
We shouldn't be asking people like me (or probably you) what we need to do to get people out on the road. We should be asking the 98% who aren't out there cycling.
If Vehicular Cycling was the solution, then in Trafford where I reside you wouldn't be able to move around secondary schools for the amount of bikes. All year 6 pupils before they leave primary, get Bikeability training. So why aren't they continuing to cycle?
Probably the same reasons friends of mine who are confident capable club cyclists gave.