Besides, he says, a century ago four in 10 Londoners travelled by bike and “like any good Conservative, I want to turn the clock back.”
-- Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, quoted in Globe and Mail, 3/25/13
The article notes the contrast to the very modest plans to create spaces for cycling in Toronto over the same time period. Readers may remember the recent acrimony that accompanied the establishment, then removal of bike lanes on Jarvis Street. I believe that debacles such as the Jarvis Street are really red herrings, that obviate the need for a broader discussion around small-scale, yet effective infrastructure such as that for cycling. I would include this type of infrastructure under the category of "microprojects" because their relative cost and disruptiveness to adjacent areas is low, while potential to influence behaviour is potential very high.