Susan Hall’s lack of enthusiasm for active travel reflects a view within the party in sharp contrast with other major European cities

A cyclist in Parliament Square, London.
A cyclist in Parliament Square. London risks getting left behind on a crucial policy for urban life. Photograph: format4/Alamy

Among the political strands exposed by the Conservatives’ decision to pick Susan Hall to stand for London mayor – not least the apparent unlikeliness that she can win – is one that might seem niche but is in fact arguably very telling: what it says about active travel.

Anyone who has observed Hall in her six years as a London assembly member, and especially her energetic and often outspoken Twitter feed, will have realised she is not a fan of cycle lanes, cycling, or indeed of cyclists themselves.

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