Monday, 27 December 2010

Help persuade Westminster Council that bicycles are a better solution than cheaper taxis

London Taxi - blocking a bike lane near you...(courtesy PRlog.org).
As I reported back here, Westminster Council seems to have total and utter antipathy towards cycling.

Funny then, that as part of their recent parking survey here they ask this question:

"If you ever drive into the West End at night, e.g. to visit the theatre, eat at a restaurant, go to a night club, or visit a casino, what, if anything, would make you leave your car at home and use an alternative form of transport?"

You then have a choice of options. Not one of the options involves cycling. In fact, cycling hardly ever appears in the survey. So, I've filled out the survey trying to explain things like:

- If the roads weren't so unpleasant in the West End on a Friday or Saturday night, my partner might be convinced to cycle in with me rather than drive
-If the approaches to Westminster (bridges, main junctions) weren't so dismal, I'd feel happier cycling in normal clothes for a night out in the West End

Things like that would make me and people I know leave their car behind. The only options this survey considers are things like

"First class travel on public transport"

or

"Cheaper taxi fares"

If you have a spare five minutes to fill out this highly irritating survey, I suggest you might consider doing likewise. People who use bicycles and don't think cheaper taxi fares are part of the solution need to fill out these sorts of surveys, if only to make the report mention cycling. Otherwise, we might be getting more of this sort of classic parking infrastructure, as blogged by Crap Waltham Forest here.

So, if you have a chance, click on this link here and tell Westminster Council that they really need to get their heads in gear. The survey is open until January 7. You just need some sort of connection to Westminster (like working there, visiting pubs, theatres or any such thing). Not difficult to do.