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In Boston, two different approaches to making the streets safe for cycles

As American cities attempt to make their streets more bicycle friendly, they inevitably encounter opposition from motorists who see the new bike policies as an encroachment on their own rights.

Cyclists, who have often felt marginalised in a heavily dominated car culture, can be quick to cite motorists as gas-guzzling dinosaurs who refuse to share the road.

In Boston, two groups try different approaches to promote cycling. Critical Mass, part of a nationwide movement, organises huge group rides designed to stop traffic and take back the streets. Meanwhile, members of the Boston Cyclists Union promotes community interaction.