This Must Be Some New Meaning Of The Term ‘Revealed’..?

March 28, 2013 9 Comments
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A new cycle superhighway and the extension to another will increase the amount of time other road users spend locked in traffic jams, engineers have revealed.

Eh..?

Who, exactly, thought this conclusion was somehow hidden? Who thought you could somehow work on the roads in central London, altering their shape and dimensions permanently, without disruption?

By 2026 says the report, the benefits of more people cycling will start to outweigh the negative impacts on other traffic.

What are those benefits, then? And shouldn’t the people that will be suffering the disruption be asked if they feel its worth it?

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9 Responses to This Must Be Some New Meaning Of The Term ‘Revealed’..?

  1. Herr Kutz
    March 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    2026 is far enough away that everyone will have forgotten just another wibblefest from years before. Also, predicting the advantage of one thing doesn’t take into account how London will change; project the change (forced changes?) imposed on the capital over the last 13 years and do it again, and you may start to see whole sections of the city looking, and acting, quite differently.

    • March 29, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Given how it’s changed in the last 5-6 years, undoubtedly!

  2. Mudplugger
    March 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Many ‘implied cycle-lanes’ around here are merely 2ft wide strips marked with a dashed white line, but many motorists treat them as inviolable, thus causing a single lane of queued vehicles where two would otherwise fit.
    The broken white line in not sacrosanct space and it does make cylists delightfully cross when I drive in them and point out their erroneous assumption of exclusivity despite their glaring lack of a tax-disc or any other contribution to road provision and maintenance.

    • March 29, 2013 at 6:02 am

      Or lack of a licence…

  3. nisakiman
    March 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    the benefits of more people cycling will start to outweigh the negative impacts on other traffic.

    Have they given any thought to the fact that:

    a) Many, if not most people prefer the comfort of a warm car to pedaling manically in wind, rain and sub-zero temperatures. That, after all, is one of the benefits we enjoy thanks to the fruits of technology. Or are we supposed to turn the clock back a few hundred years to when there was no choice?

    b) How a (for instance) carpenter is supposed to carry his massive inventory of tools and materials to a job on a bloody bike? There are a hell of a lot of people who need to take considerably more than just a Biro to work. Or don’t they count?

    It beats me why they spend so much (of other people’s) money pandering to a bunch of lycra clad loonies with hands of multicoloured bananas on their heads. You only have to look at them to know that there’s something distinctly abnormal about them.

    TfL really are a bunch of brainless tossers.

    • March 29, 2013 at 6:04 am

      As I get an early-morning Tube, I often see painters & decorators lugging boxes & tools & in one case, a ladder! But the people who propose this clearly don’t take early-morning Tubes…

  4. March 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

    What are those benefits, then?

    Better health, more manoeuvrability, fits in with train travel, can be taken on a boat, slips through obstacles more easily.

    • Ed P
      March 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Better health is debatable – the urban cyclist inhales a toxic mix of poisonous gases and diesel particulates. The particulates are now thought to be almost as damaging as asbestos fibres to the lungs. And when exercising energetically, one breathes through the mouth, thus bypassing the body’s nasal filtration.
      Modern cars, however, have excellent air filtration systems so you are better protected (as long as you keep the windows shut).

  5. Able
    March 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Pah! The real benefit, that I am surprised none of you have noticed, is that fewer of we plebs will be able to drive (congestion and parking charges, fuel prices and probably soon to come road pricing, ……) so the roads will be clear for our betters in their Mercs being driven in the (coincidentally still there?) Zil lanes.

    Or is that just my cynicism leaking out again?

    (My local cities road grid, traffic plan, parking and public transportation provision was laid out by a non-driving cyclist – guess how well that works? Just think of gridlock at the ‘quiet’ times of the day and you’ll get the idea. If I ever see the bugger I’ll … let his tyres down!)

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