I fear City Hall also thinks there’s some magic formula on cycling which can keep everyone happy. You should, and we did, build as much consensus as possible. But meaningful cycle improvements will never have unanimous support, no matter how long you consult on them. I soon learned that for some, no compromise could ever be great enough, any consultation period was always too short and the real aim was to filibuster everything out of existence. I do hope Sadiq doesn’t waste too much time finding that out.
- 11 hours ago
- I’ve thought it for a while but now it’s in the open. Even as the latest vigil mourns the most recent cyclist to die it looks like there’s a campaign to roll back the advances London has made in cycling and reclaim road space for cars.
Right-wing tabloids tell us no one uses the new segregated superhighways. Hampstead nimbies say they “cause pollution”. And last month, to “tackle congestion”, the London Chamber of Commerce openly called for them to be ripped up.
It’s post-truth politics, best left to the speeches of Donald Trump. Official Transport for London counts show that during rush hour the Embankment cycle superhighway that no one uses is in fact used by 1,200 cyclists an hour, one every three seconds.
Andrew Gilligan steps up pressure on Sadiq Khan to deliver cycling infrastructure
November 1 2016
Former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan has joined forces with award-winning blogger Danny Williams and others to form a group, Human Streets, that aims to keep the pressure on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to deliver the infrastructure they say the capital’s cyclists need.
In an article published by the London Evening Standard that also appears on the newly launched Human Streets website, Gilligan likens recent press articles criticising the city’s cycle superhighways and calls for the infrastructure to be torn up to be no more than “post-truth politics, best left to the speeches of Donald Trump.”