Ian Appleby, a local blogger, takes up a story from the Dom Post critical of the cycleway
Pretty much everyone except the Mayor and a handful of zealots now think this is a dumb idea. Worse, that it isn’t safe.
Their appear to be two zealot arguments left; a) that everyone will get used to it and b) that because it works in places like New York it will work here.
Brilliant logic. Stick your head in the sand hoping the issue will go away and reference cities that have 8,406,000 inhabitants versus our 200,000 along with totally different terrain, transport systems, and other issues.
All logic has departed these people’s heads and all that remains is the furious vapor of ideological gases imparted from eating far too much kale and reading likewise blogs from other so-minded fools wearing tin foil cycle helmets.
Most cycleways are follies. They are under-utilised, unsafe and unfit for purpose. Which begs the question, why are transport planners so fond of them? It comes down to the quasi-religious zealotry of a political philosophy of ‘climate change’. Climate alarmist believers think they are ‘saving the planet’ by getting cars off the road. Cycleways are a tool for pushing cars off the road and forcing commuters onto heavily subsidised public transport. Nothing else.
Long term it won’t work. New technology, clean emissions, remote working, driverless cars, low oil prices will all ensure the supremacy of the car as the people’s preferred transport mode. So what to do with all these white elephant cycle lanes?
I was alerted to the answer in a blog comment, which could be implemented now, turn them into motorcycle lanes. Motorcycles have much of the flexibility of cars without the disadvantages of cycles. Studies overseas show they, unlike cycles, are effective in reducing traffic congestion. Motorcycle lanes also make better sense than cycle lanes on safety grounds. Motorcyclists are ten times more likely to be killed on our roads than cyclists. They pay taxes and therefore, unlike cyclists, would contribute to the cost.
This won’t happen yet because cycle lanes are still being used as a mechanism for pushing car users off the roads, but once that nonsense stops they can be put to good use to ease traffic congestion.
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