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If I ruled the world

If politicians want to get more of us cycling, they should banish today’s silly bikes and bring back their sensible ancestors

By Andrew Martin   May 2010

A silly bike, making trouble

If I ruled the world, the government would give out grants for the manufacture of sensible bikes. It might also consider issuing every adult in the country with one as the swiftest means possible of curtailing traffic and relieving the burden that obesity and ill-health puts on the NHS.

All three major political parties say they want to promote cycling, but there’s a discrepancy between the numbers of people who own a bike and the numbers who ride regularly. This is because bicycle retailers sell silly bikes. The features of a silly bike are easily…

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