Camden New Journal)
Published: 17 March, 2016
By TOM FOOT
Former police officer Daniel Howard, who set up a petition against the scheme, which has amassed more than 3,500 signatures in a few days, said: “I spent five years locking up villains in Camden. I think you could say I have a good understanding of road networking in Camden
The New Journal reported earlier this month how Tom Conti, the Shirley Valentine actor, was sharply against the scheme.
“Cyclists should be made to pay road tax,” he said. “If they want money spent they should contribute. If they want a special road, they should have to pay for it.”
CYCLING campaigners branded opponents of the new super cycle lane planned for Swiss Cottage to Portland Place as a “dinosaur” minority as they held a rally in support of the scheme.
At the protest, Stop Killing Cyclists co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said: “Tom Conti is on the side of the last century, we are on the side of this century. We are in a war, and we are winning. We are sick and tired on hearing about the war on cars. What there is, is a war on humanity.”
After the event, Angela Hobsbaum, co-ordinator of Camden Cyclists, drew attention to a recent YouGov poll that found 70 per cent were in favour creating safer spaces for cycling.
She said: “People won’t give up their cars and take up more active forms of transport until there is a safe, attractive environment for them. Cycle Superhighway 11 will give us all just that.”
At last night’s meeting in St Stephen’s Church, Andrew Gilligan, the Sunday Telegraph journalist who is also London Mayor Boris Johnson’s cycling tsar, repeatedly stood up to correct what he described as “misinformation” about TfL’s road layout design from critics.