Often appears to me that perceptions of improved cycling and cycling achievements pertain almost entirely to utility cycling (for shopping, work etc)
Leisure cycling is where it's at for me, yet I see little campaigning focused on this. Most campaigns tend to be directed towards utility cycling on roads shared with cars and aimed at making life harder for motorists. Urban/city/large town utility cycling seems to feature more as well.
Shame really as the main temptation to leave the car for a bicycle is primarily leisure. Leisure cycling acts as a gateway to utility cycling.
For semi rural commuting I would want to use a direct route, which means using rights of way as opposed to tarmac roads, and to travel 25 miles in an hour(ish)- well it's 25 road miles on a motorbike, but that would be significantly reduced if rights of way were used. The only way I see this as being feasible is if electric bicyles regulations were changed to allow higher outputs as per Switzerland.
Are CTC, or anyone else, campaigning for this?
What's CTC's line on electric bicycles?