You can go to the survey by clicking on this link
A lot of the questions relate to cycling. Questions such as this one:
"Should we focus cycle improvements on the main roads, where most people cycle, or develop quieter cycling routes?"
And crucially, this one:
"In promoting cycling, should we focus on improving cyclist skills or improving cycling infrastructure?"
I ticked the latter. And then I read Charlie's post in the comments below. And realised that just ticking infrastructure probably isn't the right answer. Both please. But if it came down to one versus the other, I'd still stick infrastructure over training every time. Have a read of Charlie's comment on this article though. He makes a very valid point about how you can enter your comments on the survey to argue it shouldn't be an either / or scenario.
There's a classic moment in the Southwark transport plan where it talks about how training people to be better pedestrians can improve road safety. I'm all for the green cross code but, come on, why should people be "trained" to walk more safely? Walking isn't dangerous. Neither is cycling.
Crap infrastructure, priotisation of motor vehicles on the ground and legal and insurance anomalies help to make cycling and walking dangerous.
It is a good thing that Southwark trains school children to be better pedestrians or cyclists. And I fully support teaching people how to cycle more safely. But I disagree with Southwark's believe below, that:
"In order to try and encourage school children to cycle to and from school, Southwark offer free cycle training in schools to all primary school children"
Free cycle training will teach primary school children how to cycle, avoid obstacles and what to look out for. But the reality is that all that encouragement to cycle will be outweighed by a very discouraging reality of busy streets with no space for cycling and fast-moving motor vehicles.
Crap Cycling and Walking in Waltham Forest deconstructs the whole idea that cycle training will bring about mass cycling nicely. And I have to agree with this statement:
Proponents of defensive cycling breezily assert that If you ride confidently, obey the rules, wear visible clothing and control your space you shouldn’t have any problems. And there is no shortage of people urging people to realize that cycling is safe and to get their children cycling to school. But this depends on what kind of environment you cycle in, and for most towns and cities in Britain this is sheer fantasy
As part of our efforts to make the City of London realise we have to do more to make cycling a reality here, I've had dozens and dozens of emails and responses. Including this one which just about sums it up for me from a woman who describes herself thus (and I hope she doesn't mind me re-posting her thoughts but they just speak for so many of the people I talk to who say 'I'd love to cycle in London but I'm too scared to'):