Less dither, more cy­cle lanes needed

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DAR­REN JOHN­SON AM Green Party Mem­ber of the Lon­don Assem­bly

SUM­MER is in full swing and many Lon­don­ers are hop­ping on their bikes, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sea­sonal dip in traf­fic to stretch their legs on calmer streets.

With fewer cars on the roads, Lon­don tem­po­rar­ily be­comes a safer and more ap­peal­ing place to cy­cle and take in your sur­round­ings on the way to work or the shops.

For the rest of the year, how­ever, this isn’t the case.

De­spite the Mayor’s talk of a cy­cling revo­lu­tion, he is plan­ning for big in­creases in ve­hi­cle traf­fic across Lon­don in years to come.

His de­ci­sion to re­lax park­ing con­trols in outer Lon­don and sign off £28bn of road con­struc­tion schemes will mean more cars clog­ging up the streets, not fewer.

His fail­ure to de­liver six of the 12 cy­cle su­per­high­ways he promised Lon­don­ers shows he re­ally hasn’t done enough to cre­ate prac­ti­cal al­ter­na­tives to us­ing a car.

To ad­dress the air pol­lu­tion and con­ges­tion crises Lon­don is fac­ing, the next Mayor should take bold steps to cut the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the streets.

Pledg­ing an end to ma­jor road­build­ing and de­liv­er­ing a net­work of safe and di­rect cy­cle lanes with­out end­less dither and de­lay would be a start.

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