Bikes mean bucks
In his letter “Where is my lane?” John Day wonders how the cycling cabal has succeeded in getting concessions from the city that might also be extended to commuters of other types of vehicles. As a member of that cycling cabal may I offer the following explanation?
While the cycling community has argued for years about air pollution, noise and the dangers of motor vehicle collisions, the real reason the city of London made concessions to us was money. Bicycles are not only inexpensive to own, but they also make cities cheaper to operate.
On any day during the cycling season, there may be over 100 bicycles parked downtown. If you replaced those bicycles with cars you would need an additional three or four acres of parking. So which heritage building would come down first?
Remember that cyclists carry wallets and shopping baskets. They actually do business — not just get in the way. David Nielsen London