More people are cycling more often for more reasons, with an expanding network of cycle-friendly routes and associated infrastructure.
In London, the cycle superhighways are well used although routes are not without their critics (principally people in cars).
So with the dual push factors of encouraging improved health and fitness and the urgent need to tackle air pollution in towns and cities, what’s in store for pollution-free personal mobility?
Well how about this? An initial 5km stretch of traffic-free cycleway has just opened in Germany. The planned 100km route using disused railways lines will connect ten cities and four universities in the Ruhr region.
It is estimated that the route will remove up to 50,000 cars from the road.