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Make plans for everyone
THE Sky Ride combined with essential road/gasworks turned the centre of York into an even bigger obstacle course, with ugly barriers left, right and centre and the “yellow-bib brigade” stopping shoppers in their tracks on what is always the busiest day of the week.
What did it achieve?
It is thanks to councillors placing essential shops so far out of reach in the first place that we now need our cars more and more, enduring stressful, expensive journeys just to buy a few spuds. Try doing your weekly shopping on your bike. Believe me it’s no fun at all, I have once tried, but never again.
However much some councillors hate the car, it’s here to stay. Remember: If you can’t beat them, join them and start planning with cars in mind.
Whether you like it or not, cars are part of the future.
Barbara Hudson, Badger Hill, York.
• NOW that the cyclists have had a motorised vehicle-free day, perhaps one weekend we could have a day whereby drivers of motorised vehicles can take over the city without the encumberance of cyclists. Following that, a weekend where all forms of vehicles are banned and the city taken over by pedestrians only.
Janet S Kitchen-Cooper, Ashley Park Road, York.
• I AGREE with your letter writers on September 18 that traffic congestion is a problem in York, but it’s unfair to blame it all on Saturday’s Sky Ride. Other events – royal visits, festivals, last Sunday’s RAF parade – close the city’s streets and I hardly dare say it to motorists, cars cause congestion too.
One way to unclog the roads is to persuade people to leave their car at home and use a bicycle, which is what the Sky Ride was all about it.
York’s cycling city funding increased the proportion of journeys by bike in York from an already high ten per cent to 15 per cent over three years.
Just imagine what 15 per cent more cars on the roads would do to congestion for people who have to use a car.
Cycling – even if it adds to congestion occasionally for cycling events when streets are closed – is generally good news for motorists because it frees up road space for cars.
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