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RESPONSE TO STORY VIA EMAIL


WILL ALLOWING PARKING ON DOUBLE-YELLOW LINES FOR A 15 MINUTE GRACE PERIOD HELP SAVE THE HIGH STREET?


TO QUOTE Chris Rea – I think you know what’s coming – this is the road to hell. Many centres, particularly villages, have major roads


running through them. In my experience they get “log jammed” with often illegally parked vehicles and delivery vans. Even urban routes off the main roads are blighted by the increasing burden of on-street parking. My own road being an example in point – it is part of the local Cycle Route but suffers from indiscriminate parking. I accept that some deliveries have to be made but often


it’s a very small package (or a newspaper being collected) by the driver of a very large van to the detriment of road safety in general. (I also drive six different cars regularly, some are classics, some works vehicles ride a trike by choice not necessity and several bikes). I am a retired Police Officer and currently enforce Taxi Licensing regulations for a Local Authority but think I can view this from all perspectives: Our local town centre – West Bromwich – suffers greatly from illegal parking which impinges on the bus station and taxi rank area in the centre, there is often an afternoon gridlock. This is particularly dangerous for the foot and cycle traffic in the area. Paul Arnold


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TO STORY VIA BIKEBIZ.COM


WHAT EVIDENCE do these Conservative ministers have that their plan will have the desired outcome? My gut feeling is they are doing it to satisfy a regressive fossil fuel


based transportation agenda rather than to promote high street prosperity in the UK. So it would be interesting to know what success objectives are for this project. In San Francisco we are going through a similar debate (http://tinyurl.com/pgdmygb), although the local government agencies are leaning toward removing car parking spaces. The local metropolitan transit agency here will be counting sales tax receipts from businesses in an area where they have reduced car parking and added separated bike lanes. We all await the outcome of this study, which should be a useful addition to the literature. Although such studies exist, and generally show increased sales receipts, the merchants have fallen back on that old argument that this area is different. A wide range of areas must thus be studied to nail the lie. Paul Skilbeck


THEY ARE completely missing the point. Parking isn’t always the problem, its congestion to get to said parking. They’d be better off spending some of the sustainable travel money on out of town park and ride systems for car to bus and car to bike. Watch out cyclists – our cycle lanes will now be full of ‘parked cars’ opening doors as we pass outside the lane. Mark Loveridge, Hero Eco


IT WOULD be interesting to see how they plan to police this. Will they allow it everywhere? How do they plan to stop dangerous parking? More traffic wardens with stop watches? David Beacham


“How many times has the current government announced its support of Bikeability now? Thinking of making a drinking game.” @ChesterCycling


“Prime Minister says: “Now we want to see cycling soar” – It is sore! Legs, chest and yer bum!” @kenco_al


“If this report is right on funding, it’s great news for Birmingham – a major step towards transformation into a cycling city.” BWMnetwork


“And the Peak District bid successful too – so the future’s looking bright for weekday and weekend cycling!” @joeredandgreen


“I’m sick of promises of money and “good signs”. We need segregated lanes on busy roads now! #Space4Cycling” @drmatthewhardy


“Raleigh rolling out hire bikes at 50 UK train stations’ – good news, bike-hire is a gateway drug to more cycling!” @TwoWheelsGoodUK


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