This is ostensibly an article about cycling in London - but even if neither cycling, nor London floats your boat and you are tempted to turn away - don't. For it actually reveals a lot about those vested interests that try to move things their way in a hidden manner, instead of being willing to be open and democratic about things.
By way of some background, the Mayor of London (Boris himself) has been pushing a relatively pro-cycling agenda at City Hall, and in particular what are called Cycle Superhighways. Up until now these have basically consisted of some blue paint at the side of a main road, with the occasional diversion around a major junction.
The next suggested phase however is for what many cycling organisations have been calling for for a while - genuinely segregated cycle lanes. There is currently a consultation process for what has been dubbed 'Crossrail for Bikes' - an 18mile segregated cycle lane from Tower Hill along the Embankment, past Westminster, Hyde Park and all the way out to Acton.