Cyclists could be banned from Oxford Street when it is pedestrianised, London’s walking and cycling tsar has revealed.*sharp intake of breath*
“In Oxford Street in the morning peak there are about 200 cyclists per hour. In Wigmore Street, slightly to the north, there are about the same number per hour, and again on New Cavendish Street and George Street.
"As a combination, they begin to add up, so it’s very important we do look at the cycling facilities in that area as part of that scheme.
“Whether they go down Oxford Street or alternative routes, that is why we do need to do a consultation and understand what the needs are of local residents and other stakeholders.”And not the two wheeled Lycra hordes!
Caroline Pidgeon, Lib-Dem chairwoman of the London Assembly transport committee, said: “On this issue I think Will Norman is taking the right approach.
"Improving pedestrianisation of Oxford Street must definitely include proposals to improve cycling provision in the area, however the case for allowing cyclists on a pedestrianised Oxford Street itself does pose some challenges.
"It should be looked at, but it might just not be possible to deliver and neighbouring streets may be a better alternative.I bet that goes down like a lead balloon!
“The number one priority must be to meet the needs of pedestrians of all ages, who must be able to walk down Oxford Street in comfort and safety.”Hurrah! At last, the needs of those who want to walk in safety without dodging MAMILs is considered!