Wednesday, 21 April 2004
I had to get up at the crack of dawn this morning to talk on BBC Southern Counties radio -- Worthing has opened a stretch of cycle lane on the prom. I know nothing about Worthing, so I said I thought all this pedestrians versus cyclists versus motorists antagonism was all about territory! To create cycle lanes, the planners have to steal a bit of land from an existing pavement, annoying the walkers, or from an existing road, annoying the motorists! I also mentioned the old chestnut about drivers thinking they own the road because they pay 'road tax', when in fact it's motor vehicle licence/excise duty, based on the environmental impact the vehicle has on the roads and air. On this basis, cyclists should get a rebate!