Then we had a description of the idea as being draconian, the idea that international experience can just be dismissed and that apparently LTNs will make it difficult to access places of worship so people will have to stop practicing their religion. Actually, none of these comments are new to me, I have literally heard it all before.
Politically, it’s easy to support something which is generating lots of noise. In my local government experience, noise usually meant that some people didn’t like something and therefore “noisy” support was quite rare. Also, when I say “people didn’t like something”, this was almost exclusively because the scheme was going to “take” something away from their ability to drive and park where they like.
Tackling The Main Roads – The Ranty Highwayman
So last week, I wrote about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and how it was my opinion that we needed a little honesty from those objecting to them as to why they are objecting to them.
The post had a few comments (I’ve published all received) and unfortunately a few have kind of reinforced the point I was making. There were people projecting onto others with the usual tropes of why nobody is thinking of elderly people, disabled people and NHS workers (home visits). There was a comment about the schemes pushing traffic from where wealthy car owners live onto the main roads where less well-off people live. There was also a comment about going the extra mile (yes I smiled) to listen to concerns which I cannot disagree with.