Blackfriars and Beyond

Blackfriars Flashride

The ‘Battle for Blackfriars’ has united London cyclists and pedestrians in opposition to plans by the Mayor of London for an ‘urban motorway’ on a London bridge that is heavily used by cyclists yet has seen two fatalities in the past decade. Discussing the campaign for a better Blackfriars is blogger Mark Ames and Charlie Lloyd of the London Cycling Campaign. Andrew Boff, Conservative member of the London Assembly and the Mayor’s ‘ambassador for championing cycling’, shares his take on Blackfriars, London transport and the vexed question of who runs the city.

Photo credit: Joe Dunckley

5 Responses to Blackfriars and Beyond

  1. Mike in the USA August 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Here’s hoping the violence settles quickly, and that London won’t sweep this issue under the rug because of “more pressing matters.”

  2. Simon Parker August 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Regarding the debate, Andrew Boff said that both sides see a lobby against them. It’s either the cyclists saying, It’s all about getting as many cars as possible forced through. Or it’s the motorists saying, There are all these well-connected, vocal cyclists who would shut down every single road and stop every single car from going anywhere.

    Please, please don’t tell me that this is the level of debate that the London Assembly is having. Shut down every single road? Stop every single car? Is that the best that the pro-car lobby can come up with? The politics of fear against the politics of hope. How depressing. How defeatist.

  3. James Gently September 25, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Cars are the new tobacco. Private cars cause signi?cant health harm. The impacts include physical inactivity, obesity, death and injury from crashes, cardio-respiratory disease from air pollution, noise, community severance and climate change. The car lobby resists measures that would restrict car use, using tactics similar to the tobacco industry. Decisions about location and design of streets and neighbourhoods have created environments that reinforce and re?ect car dependence. The community should advocate strongly for effective policies that reduce car use and increase active travel. Cars are the new tobacco and driving is the new smoking.


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