Bike lane blues: why don’t businesses want a £30m cycle-friendly upgrade?
A London borough plans to turn four traffic-filled roads into Dutch-style streets which are safer for bikes and pedestrians. Many shops and residents are up in arms, despite growing evidence the project will benefit the local economy. Why?
As cars stream past on both sides, a pedestrian perches on a tiny traffic island waiting for an opportunity to cross. A cyclist dodges round a 10-tonne lorry, held up by a driver trying to reverse into a tight parking space outside a high-street shop. Angry horns blare.
It’s intimidating to be on foot or a bike in a space dominated by motor vehicles. In that sense, this suburban street in north London is like many of the radial roads that flow in and out of cities the world over – not a particularly pleasant place to be.
If the people of Enfield don’t want the money, we will take it away and give it to people who do want it
The high streets are reliant on women. Most women don’t cycle – either they don’t want to or they are too busy
Source: Guardian Transport