A series of articles in conservative media are pushing the outlandish argument that distinguished bike paths worsen breath aspect. Heres why its rubbish
Juliet Samuel is a regular critic for the Telegraph, who opines authoritatively about politics, society and business. And hitherto last month she wrote something which was very obviously incorrect.
Something needed to be done, Samuel responded, about the plague of motorcycle paths taking over otherwise useable streets in communities across London. She prolonged 😛 TAGEND
I cycle and drive, but these alleys goes beyond the measures needed to improve safety and instead just make it almost unbearable to get in a car. It takes a minimum of one hour to get out of city, half of which is deplete churning out additional spend as you sit on clotted roads and roundabouts “thats been” flowing very well until now.
Even if you neglect the idea that Londons arteries used to spurt very well( perhaps all Samuels previous London driving and cycling took place at 5am on Sundays ), there is a very obvious wrongdoing here.
Its the peculiarly adamant, if easily disproved superstition that structure scattered cycle paths motives greater traffic congestion, and thus more pollution.
In Samuels very minor defence, she is merely repeating what she has probably predicted abroad. The previous month, James Salmon, the Daily Mails transport correspondent, wrote a hugely odd tale noting that Cambridge and London had among the slowest average freight rushes in the country.
The paper placed this down principally to round thoroughfares, despite the fact other places available in the directory included Wolverhampton and Hereford, neither of which are known for their Dutch-style levels of cycling infrastructure.( As if in instinctive acknowledgment of the articles all-important incongruity, the legend was illustrated with a photograph of a motorcycle corridor in Cambridge, Massachusetts .)
Unbowed, the Mail worked a story last month about the College of Paramedics growing very concerned about disconnected bike trails( a narrative that, it is worth noting, misquoted the colleges panoramas) in an editorial article:
Segregated cycle corridors have increased congestion and deteriorated contamination … Isnt it time to abandon this repetition superhighway venture and admit that it was a stupid misconception?
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