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Meanwhile in Chelsea – This is worrying

A worrying story from Cycling UK, where we NEED to get on bikes, rather than in cars, or even buses, the story below could give president for other towns to follow.

As cycling gives a yield to society, compared to the cost of cars and other forms of transport.

“Bike-lane backlash prompts ‘High Traffic Neighbourhood’ Plan
A scheme to ban bikes and pedestrians and make more space for cars? It’s the inevitable consequence of opposition to bike lanes
Just two weeks after the shock decision by Kensington & Chelsea council to permanently remove a cycle lane, Cycling UK has obtained copies of an official document detailing plans for new “High Traffic Neighbourhoods” to be designated in towns and cities across the country, giving cars total priority over other road users. The HTN scheme is believed to be a reaction to complaints in the media about pop-up traffic lanes and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), which aim to encourage cycling and walking by taking back space from motor vehicles.

The leaked proposals include:

•    Removal of footways and grass verges to allow an extra lane of traffic on residential roads

•    At least 30% of urban parkland to be paved to increase parking provision

•    Abolition of 20mph speed limits; 30mph limit to be “reviewed”

•    Fines for cyclists in HTNs – and for pedestrians unless they can
demonstrate that they are on the way to or from a parked vehicle

Active travel campaigners greeted the news with dismay, but see it as
an inevitable consequence of local authorities’ failure to defend
cycling and walking measures against a vocal minority of opponents.

As Cycling UK’s head of campaigns, Duncan Dollimore, wrote recently: “If you live on a street where motor traffic has increased steadily over the years and you’re concerned about your kids cycling to school or just playing out, it’s unlikely you were ever asked what you thought about high traffic neighbourhoods. Paradoxically, as soon as anyone tries to reverse this and create a more liveable neighbourhood, with less motor traffic on residential streets, people are outraged they weren’t fully consulted.”
Full story below!

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