I welcome The Times campaign for cyclist safety for the single reason that it raises the debate to a wider public.
But it fails to address the bigger question – why do we allow cars and trucks to dominate our townscapes? Why aren’t the centre of towns designed for people first. Why do we, in this country, aspire to so little?
Surely, we are like frogs being slowly boiled to death. We have got so used to living in places made dangerous by speeding cars and out-of-control trucks – and we just accept it. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Our towns and cities can be made fit for pedestrians, cyclists, children and the infirm rather than trucks and cars.
We have the skills.
We have the money.
We need the imagination.
We need the will.
We can do it.
We can do it now.
Photo used with kind permission of Hembrow Cycling Holidays