Taxis, cars, trucks and buses crawl up New York’s traffic-congested 1st Ave. According to the city’s Department of Transportation, average Manhattan traffic speeds declined from 9.35 mph to 8.51 mph between 2010 and 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)ASSOCIATED PRESS
Businesswoman Baroness Karren Brady and actor Whoopi Goldberg are in the news calling for cycleways in London and New York City to be ripped out to make more space for (most especially their) cars. Both blame cyclists for traffic congestion in their respective cities despite the highly visible fact that it is an excess of motor vehicles that causes the jams they complain about.
There is no traffic congestion next to London’s Embankment cycleway at 4 a.m. because there is very little traffic at that time. It is only when the number of motor vehicles builds that congestion occurs.
Given that cycleways encourage people out of cars Brady and Goldberg should be calling for more such facilities not less of them.
In the meantime, they could take a long hard look at their upscale cars. Just like all other cars, luxe or not, they are wide. Motorists ride two abreast even when driving solo.
No inferences here on any of their operators but bicycles are skinny, and cars are not.
Five people on bicycles take up the same width as one person in a car.