Next year it's local election time in Darlington, so now is a good time to consider what the main political parties might be inclined to do for cyclists.
Received wisdom - and local experience - would suggest that the Conservatives will be the last party to take the side of the sustainable traveller and support stronger measures in favour of cyclists, pedestrians and bus users. But then their leader is a regular cyclist. And now their Party Vice Chair Sayeeda Warsi has produced an upbeat report on BBC's Newsnight about a bold Republican initiative in Portland, Oregon to increase sustainable transport use.
Judge for yourself whether this kind of political cross-dressing might catch on here - Tony Richmond on a bicycle? You can see Sayeeda Warsi's report here.