When the Bicycle Invaded
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As university students settle into term time again campuses are seeing a mass invasion of students, overflowing buses, rushing staff...and bicycles. We all know their benefits but the question is can there ever be too many bicycles? The benefits of cycling are well known and fantastically long. They range from a cleaner environment to cheaper travel, and unless you are cycling along America's East Coast or Thailands' Tuk-Tuk busy streets (amongst others) you can expect your health and cardiovascular fitness to recieve a massive bonus. In fact, our wheel-powered ancestor has not failed to gain followers since Thomas Stevens penned 'Around the World on a Bicycle' - that was of course at the time when one was not in fear of being run over by sports cars zooming around roundabouts. And that, put simply, is the problem: cycling really did, and continues to, take off, but so has driving...and the use of motorbikes...and horseriding...and even the good old rely-on-yourself form of transportation which humans were designed to do: walking. How, amongst a time of overcrowding cities, 27 million private cars in the UK alone, and an increased reliance on private transport, can we offer the entire population somewhere to park their vehicles and carry on with life?
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