Could it though?
I’m not so sure. Think of all the things need to be in place to allow someone, anyone to get on a bike even before you consider infrastructure changes;
- Time and spare money
- Space in the house
- Access to reliable health care, just in case
- Storage at work
- Shower and changing facilities at work
- Positive attitudes from drivers and media
- Protection from loss of work due to injury
And I’m talking about me, a fairly well off, middle class bloke. What about if you don’t have any of the above due to circumstances, social factors, luck, etc.
The answer is more complicated than preaching and building a few cycle paths I’m afraid.
Here’s a picture of me on a bike