Olympics regulations force cyclists to dismount

(Security guards manning a barrier closing The Mall in central London. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

"For an event promoting an active lifestyle, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Olympics are encouraging us to take the car.

"The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) has looked into the regulations on the “Games lanes” – the 30 miles of road in central London exclusively reserved for use during the event by the “Games family” of athletes, officials and sponsors – and found that 95% will be off-limits to cyclists.”

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