The cycling times are a-changing and the Times is a-changing cycling

A manifesto to make UK urban transport amongst the best in Europe 

The UK’s urban transport systems lag behind the best in Europe because our transport policy-makers are too timid, too old and too male-dominated, and don’t have enough cash to spend, according to a new book by John Whitelegg – see

http://www.transportxtra.com/magazines/local_transport_today/news/?id=32493&goback=%2Egde_1616457_member_180087424

Whitelegg has stated the obvious but who is going to listen. There’s none so deaf as those who don’t want to hear.

How does this sit with the cycling revolution Boris plans for London – see

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3617276.ece

….and is planned for other cities – see

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3617238.ece

I’m a supreme optimist but…….

‘There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, no more dangerous than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of those who would benefit from the preservation of the old system and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would benefit from the new one’. [Niccolo Machavelli (1469 -1527)]

Cyclists! Its time to speak up.

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One Response to The cycling times are a-changing and the Times is a-changing cycling

  1. PG says:

    “Too male-dominated?”
    Dhohohoho. I read the article and found nothing to explicitly validate Whitelegg’s outrageous claim. He gets so far as to say about Councillors:
    “Too many are men and too many are old, he says, citing 2009 data showing that the average age of an English councillor was 58.8.”
    But…so what? How is this “too old?” or “too male?” What’s the cut-off point exactly?
    It’s sad that the destructive assertions of the Far-Left have remained largely unchallenged and become mainstream.

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