His basic argument is indeed overwhelming: it can only be good if more people use a city’s roads more efficiently, at less cost to themselves and in public expenditure, while causing less pollution and less danger to themselves and others than is created by driving. More than that, a city that is more pleasant for cycling should, at least in theory, be more pleasant for everyone else. Sustrans says its new Quietway has helped civilise an area around Millwall Football Club, whose character was previously dominated by brutal fences for segregating fans. At their best, mini-Hollands create quieter, calmer zones for pedestrians. The Victoria Embankment is now a better place for walking thanks to the buffer that the cycle lane creates between pedestrians and cars.
— Rowan Moore in Superhighway to cycling heaven – or just a hell of a mess?