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 Post subject: London has too many Mamils
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 3:05 pm 
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Farce of the cycle super highways: London transport chief apologises for ‘ill-judged’ expansion that’s blamed for gridlock and increased pollution

    Mike Brown, commissioner for Transport for London, apologised to motorists
    He said the expansions of cycle ' superhighways' had been 'ill thought through'
    The transport tsar said that that they had been rushed in under Boris Johnson

By Zoie O'brien For Mailonline

PUBLISHED: 05:04 EDT, 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 EDT, 29 May 2018

Britain’s most powerful transport tsar has now admitted that the the speedy expansion of controversial cycle ‘superhighways’ has caused problems for motorists.

Mike Brown, the commissioner for Transport for London, apologised to motorists for the segregated cycle lanes which motorists say has further exasperated traffic problems.

Mr Brown has now acknowledged that the plan had been ‘ill thought through’ and ‘ill judged’ in London.

The passionate supporter of cycle lanes said that that they had been rushed in under Boris Johnson during his eight-year tenure as London mayor.

Cycling groups, council chiefs and safety campaigners welcomed the new lanes say they reduce congestion and pollution and make the roads safer.

But they have infuriated some drivers who say they are forced to spend even longer stuck in traffic.

And now, Mr Brown's attack on one of Mr Johnson’s flagship policies will raise further uncomfortable questions about the proliferation of cycle lanes around the UK.

LBC Radio host Nick Ferrari – who claims cycle superhighways have caused the biggest slow down in traffic since the Luftwaffe bombed London in the Second World War - was hosting a debate in London where Mr Brown made his controversial comments.

So-called 'mamils' (middle-aged men in lycra) are dominating the cycling scene in London, leading to a false perception that cycling is not for everyone, Mr Norman claimed.

Too few females and people from ethnic minority backgrounds are taking to two wheels around the capital and the Mayor's office could introduce 'diversity targets' to combat the figures.

Despite millions being pumped into the cycling infrastructure in London the majority of those making use of it are middle aged men.

At present, black, Asian and minority ethnic groups account for about 15 per cent of cycled journeys in London – around two-thirds less than Transport for London (TfL) estimates it could be.

Mr Norman told The Independent: 'There is a problem with cycling and the way it is perceived of getting middle-aged men cycling faster around the city, which is not the objective at all.

'It touches on something which is a real challenge for London cycling, which is diversity.'

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he would make cycling safer around London.

However, members of the London Assembly said it is not being done quickly enough.

Now Mr Norman said more groups should be benefitting from the changes made.

He added: 'Even when we have seen the growth in the number of cyclists, we haven't seen that diversity.

'There are a number of reasons for that. One is that safety is paramount for getting different people from different walks of life cycling: older people, younger people, those from different backgrounds.'

The way in which the gap will be filled, Mr Norman says, is through projects such as promoting electric bikes, cycling courses and grants for community groups who do not typically cycle.

There was a six per cent recorded rise in female cyclists after the opening of Quietway 1, which links Waterloo with Greenwich, from 29 per cent to 35 per cent.

Mr Khan promised an average of £169m annually for cycling schemes over the next five years.

'Is it ambitious enough in the longer term? I think we need a higher level of change,' Mr Norman told The Independent.

'The target that we have set out in the mayor's transport strategy is over that 25 years we want to shift to 80 per cent of journeys to be walking, cycling or by public transport.

'That is a much more ambitious target and really is fundamentally rethinking the way that we move around our city.'


So London wanted more bike riders (cuz you know its 'green').
So they got more bikers, only now they are not the 'right' kind......not diverse enough.
Too much patriarchy in bicycles in London.

No worries....Sadiq will fix it. ;-)

The question is, what will he do?
---subsidize bicycle purchases for non-Mamils?
---Confiscate some bikes from the Mamils and redistribute them to non-Mamils?
---By decree limit the days of the week that Mamils can ride their bikes?
---force Mamils to drive non-Mamils around on bicycle rickshaws?

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