Stevenage’s unloved bike lanes

The UK town of Stevenage (pop 88,000) famously built miles of segregated cycleways in the 1960s … only to see them disused.

Carlton Reid tells the story.

Squint at Stevenage’s extensive 1960s protected cycleway network and you could be in the Netherlands – except for the lack of people on bikes. So why did the New Town’s residents choose the motor car over the bicycle?