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Alex Robb
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Unfortunately my hometown of Aberdeen (Northeast of Scotland) has an almost non-existent culture of cycling as only 3.2% of people use a bicycle to travel to work. The city has historically been known as the “oil capital of Europe” so as you would probably guess the “car is king” here, even in 2020 🙁  Whilst the council (municipal government) are very slowly changing their outlook towards more sustainable transport, the city is years behind when it comes to bicycles, even by Scottish standards. There are no protected cycleways in the city and no integrated network, it’s pretty much just painted lanes if you’re lucky. What few example there are of bicycle infrastructure are crappy 2-3m shared use facilities (mostly built by private housing developers as a condition of their planning permission) and the best cycle routes are off-road paths which use the track beds of dismantled railway lines. You basically need to be brave to cycle in Aberdeen, so a lot of effort is needed for the city to change!

Google maps link to image location – https://goo.gl/maps/NPL5E6m1DjPNv7y48

A shared use facility in Aberdeen - notice that this has been built the wrong way round with pedestrians having to travel alongside the road

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