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We ought not as a rule to satanise the privatisation of urban infrastructure, argues transport researcher Carlosfelipe Pardo. Yet when it comes to cycling, despite the worldwide trend towards privately-operated hire schemes, the benefits are so great and costs so small that there is no sense in selling away part of the public domain when a city like London can easily afford not to.

Tim Campbell explains why city leaders are increasingly travelling abroad in search of new solutions: with little time or resources to reinvent the wheel, city leaders need to see solutions in action quickly.

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