Fewer consultations, more action

By now, everyone should be aware of the main barrier to greater uptake of cycling in urban areas - lack of safe, segregated space. This has been demonstrated in many different surveys in different populations at different times. 

We therefore have little need for further consultation, engagement or idea generation - the basic principles of what is required are well established. We need to see these principles implemented on the ground, and quickly. This is fundamentally a matter of political will. 

Why the contribution is important

Consultation paralysis is an all too real phenomenon. It is too often undertaken in preference to concrete (literal and figurative) action in situ. We need to get past this and work from these already clearly established principles.

by niallanderson on July 30, 2020 at 11:26PM

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  • Posted by Voiceofreason August 18, 2020 at 18:03

    Just as they are eager to pick up a vote or three with a bit of (hideously expensive) virtue-signalling, on the other hand, our dear baby politicos (councillors) remember well the kicking they took after they were humiliated over the congestion charge ballot.

    This is why they will continue to pretend that whatever they do has to follow a "consultation", even if that just means a vague online forum that is widely advertised to those who they think may support their vanity projects, as opposed to a real plebiscite.
  • Posted by Iketa August 26, 2020 at 23:57

    Wholeheartedly agree with this idea. I've lost count of the number of CEC surveys I've filled-in without seeing any tangible results. Feels like the council just set them up as a means of placating the public. Just get on with it.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason August 27, 2020 at 19:13

    Get on with what? I don't recall any political party's manifesto advocating yet more artificial congestion generation schemes. If a council wants to implement some crazy nonsense like turning George Street into the Ramblas (without the weather to go with it), then they should have the courage to put that in a manifesto and let the public decide that way - it's called democracy, apparently.
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