As a simple cyclist not involved in the politics of cycling, I am always a little mystified by the LCN. I hear it cost a small fortune to implement, that no-one uses it and they are a bit of a white elephant. Looking at the website the other day, I cycle along some LCN routes, and up until consulting their (rather difficult to operate) interactive map I had absolutely no idea. Which set me wondering. Is LCN being a failure a commonly held view? And if so why? Is it because (in my area at least) signposts lead one on mysterious detours often ending at streets that have been made one way (in the wrong direction) - presumably after designation on the map. Or is there something more fundamental wrong with the concept? Would LCN work if the streets were redesigned with cyclists in mind, routes were clearly signposted and continuous? If we could cycle on LCN and quiet routes without having to take massive detours, if we had some accurate signs and if we didn't have to cycle them whilst dodging rat-running speeding cars would we do so - or would we continue on main roads?