Laura Laker October 20 2016
However, the taxi drivers’ association, which has protested every major cycle route proposed in London, won’t clarify what its “better balance for all road users” means…
The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association has hit back following the London Cycling Campaign’s criticism of its stance on cycling, reported in road.cc last week, which the LTDA says was a “gross misrepresentation” of its position. However, while the LTDA reiterates claims it opposes London’s cycle schemes only because it feels a better balance could be struck between road users, it has failed to suggest a way to achieve this.
The comments are the latest round in a public spat between the taxi driver and cycling organisations after the LCC criticised the LTDA over its protesting of every major cycle route proposed in London, while saying it supports bike routes. The LCC says without suggesting alternatives to physically protected cycle infrastructure, and allowing those alternatives to be tested, the LTDA’s “blanket opposition” of cycling routes in London resembles an attack on all cycling infrastructure.
The LTDA set up a petition against a trial bike lane on a popular cycle route, on Tavistock Place in Central London, citing concerns over congestion and pollution on surrounding roads, while last weekend LTDA members appeared at a protest against plans for Cycle Superhighway 11 in North London with a billboard saying “No to CS11, keep the roads open for all”.
The LCC also says the LTDA published an alternative wording on an agreement between the two organisations and the City of London in its members’ magazine, Taxi, which appears to place the onus for safety on those cycling, without prior authorisation from the LCC.