Why don't we use parks
I cycle from Highgate to Victoria on a daily basis and can, when I wish to, to take a scenice route through Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hll, Regents Park and Hyde Park. Throughout these routes ony Hyde Park really welcomes cyclists, with specific cycle lanes throughout the park.
I have been stopped by POLICE in Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill and warned for cycling in the wrong place (they didn't warn as many people whilst the London Riots were taking place as they have me for riding a bike) and shouted at by people in Regents Park.
Surely, it makes all sorts of sense to widen the paths in ALL london parks by a few metres either side making cycle routes throughout. Encourage people to take a little diversion to use this facility and you would get a lot more people cycling safely.
It would be
cheaper than shutting down roads to build cycle lanes
safer than having to compete with the no 43 bus or an ignorant black cab driver
healthier for the people that then have more confidence to cycle in London (less unfit people = cash saved in the NHS)
My list could go on and I'm sure you can also think about the many benefits surrounding this startegy.
Why has nobody done this????