“Sitting astride a big, gray bicycle at the head of a long line of traffic on City Road last month, I studied the 20 or more other cyclists who were — with varying degrees of skill and impatience — crossing the intersection on a red light. Some were swerving among startled and cursing pedestrians, bells ringing; others had expertly timed a slalom between four lanes of cars. What all these cyclists shared, however, was a sense of liberating entitlement. For more than half a century, London’s historical tangle of streets has been owned by cars and vans and double-decker buses and black cabs. Not anymore.
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