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Letter: Unfair Negativity on Project That Helps Cut Need to Rely on Unhealthy Cars

Published on: 3 Dec, 2020
Updated on: 3 Dec, 2020

From: R Hammond

In response to: One-Way Trial for Walnut Tree Close Unsupported By Local Lib Dem Councillors

I am saddened some have already drawn negative conclusions from a trial that has not yet happened.

The need to break our reliance on cars is obvious, given the environmental emergency, high levels of pollution and Guildford so often being a congested mess. During lockdown, we have seen the silent majority willing to embrace and enjoy a more active and healthy life.

That the first stroke of a shovel on a cycling project is greeted by such naysaying is a shame. Guildford will change or be left behind.

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test 3 Responses to Letter: Unfair Negativity on Project That Helps Cut Need to Rely on Unhealthy Cars

  1. Martin Elliott Reply

    December 3, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Again this misses the point.

    The scheme was based on a wish expressed by some residents on the road about the amount of traffic using the road. The cycle tracks (which don’t even meet government design standards) are a lucky add on.

    Surrey County Council says the road, Class D, isn’t suitable for the amount of traffic. That’s probably true for just about every road in Guildford town.

    No business has expressed support for this scheme.

    In a democracy, in any decision, the benefits should at least be a bit larger than the drawbacks, preferably with gross disproportion.

    The reason why there appears to be opposition to cycle schemes is that despite the idealistic dogma attached to global warming, the majority of such schemes gives a benefit to cyclists but a large drawback to the majority of other supporters who still have to use a vehicle.

    Even up that balance with really good and consistent design of cycle schemes and there may be more support for the idealised advances.

  2. Ross Connell Reply

    December 3, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    The stated need to break our reliance on cars is contrary to HMG’s aim to replace petrol/diesel cars by electric vehicles.

  3. Malcolm Stanier Reply

    December 4, 2020 at 1:54 am

    I’ve yet to see any “silent majority willing to embrace and enjoy a more active and healthy life”. Mr Hammond must have a different measure, compared to other people, for what he sees as a “majority”.

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