Conservative councillor Joanna Biddolph, who represents Turnham Green ward, spoke to 10 traders running shops alongside Enfield’s Mini Holland scheme in a bid to establish that “badly thought-out dogma-driven cycle schemes on shopping streets are bad for business.”
Based on this, her fear is that CS9 will lead to Chiswick becoming “a ghost town.”
The report’s a fun read. She says that one cyclist who went the wrong way down a cycle lane “provided more evidence that cyclists will do whatever they wish even when they have what they say they want.”
She also says that what cyclists want in Chiswick, “is any cycling infrastructure for the sake of the free money that will pay for it, not cycling infrastructure that would work for local residents.”
When she tweeted a link to the report, a number of other users took issue with her conclusions, including Jeremy Vine.
Responding to one cyclist’s account of a recent close pass, Biddolph responded: “What’s it called when someone on a bicycle whizzes past moving cars in moving traffic on a busy road, squeezing between the car and the pavement or the car and parked cars, almost touching the cars it was whizzing beside?”
Surrey Police responded:
But Biddolph continued, asking why this ‘undertaking’ wasn’t considered close passing: “How does it differ from close passing – other than that it’s the person on the bicycle doing the close passing?
At this point, West Midlands Police took up the educational challenge.