There are largely two ways to use a bike.
The first is for leisure. Think lycra shorts and replica Tour de France shirts, giggly kids on muddy BMXs, recreational cycle routes through pristine wilderness.
The second is for everyday stuff. Think getting to work, doing the shopping, the kids’ school run.
I have a soft spot for both. And there’s plenty of room to fan the flames of popularity on both sides. BUT I don’t think it’s too controversial to suggest that priority funding should go to the practical, everyday transport use of bicycles. This has the potential to appeal to a broader range of people – female and male, old and young, families and individuals, rich and poor – and be used every day. What with the gazillions of benefits of cycling, we need to get as many folk as possible making their regular trips by bike.