Why a UK ‘cycling and walking revolution’ won’t reduce car travel

Laveta Brigham

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced £2 billion to create thousands of miles of protected bike lanes and pedestrian space. There are lots of good reasons to encourage walking and cycling – active travel, as it’s called. The pandemic necessitates social distancing on public transport, which means buses and trains have to ferry fewer passengers per journey. Cycling and walking are healthier alternatives and in the longer term, both have a part to play in cutting carbon emissions from the transport system, as well as improving urban air quality.

Cities across the UK are promoting active travel in response to the pandemic. Manchester has committed £5 million to enable socially distanced cycling and walking on new routes. Sadiq Khan, the current mayor of London, has reallocated road space to pedestrians and cyclists to increase walking five-fold and cycling ten-fold.

A ten-fold increase in cycling would take the present 2.5%

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‘Crip Camp’ directors on mockery of Trump’s water drinking, ramp walking [Video]

Laveta Brigham

James LeBrecht is clearly not a big fan of President Donald Trump.

The veteran sound designer, disability-rights activist and Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution co-director explains that when the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, it was the first time he was guaranteed health insurance. Under Trump, those benefits are in danger of being wiped out. CNN and Washington Post journalist Rebecca Cokley has generally classified the administration’s policies as “a war on the disabled.” Last week, the Trump administration went to the Supreme Court seeking to invalidate the ACA. There’s also the fact that LeBrecht’s acclaimed Netflix documentary, Crip Camp, counts among its producers former President Barack Obama, who signed the ACA into effect, hence its notable nickname, Obamacare. (Barack and Michelle Obama produced the film under their new Higher Ground Productions entertainment banner.)

But that will not stop LeBrecht, who was born with spina bifida (a birth

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