Re: Cycling in parliament
- From: "David Martin" <martin-family@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 10 May 2006 13:11:23 -0700
Bob Johnstone wrote:
Chris Gerhard wrote:
Thanks for the link, Chris. It certainly is refreshing to read the words
of these sensible MPs, rather than the daily twaddle that this country's
political journalists serve up. I would, though, take issue with what
seems to be the fundamental thrust of Mark Lazarowicz's speech. He says
that "the biggest single factor that influences the trend in cycle use
in the UK" is "the provision of resources", by which he seems to mean
resources for the building of special cycle facilities. The factors that
have discouraged me from cycling in the UK have been dangerous drivers
and not being able to afford to buy a house within cycle-commuting
distance of my place of work. I feel that the issues of town planning
(raised by Martin Horwood in connection with the siting of railway
stations) and law enforcement (raised by David Drew in connection to
motorists using mobile phones) are far more important than advanced stop
lines and cycle lanes.
Nevertheless, I'd still like to propose three cheers for Mark
Indeed. It was a mostly sound debate.MP's by their nature are, like
doctors, interventionist. It would be a shame to see lots of crappy
white paint instead of the things that bring real benefits:
Training children to cycle safely from an early age
Encouraging people to use the road as more cyclists = more safety
Enabling cycling through making destinations cycle-accessible.
It really requires a social acceptance of cycling by other traffic.
Shame about the h*****, but at least we have their names and can
educate them in an appropriate manner.
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