The Anonymous Widower

Pedestrians Get More Space In Dalston

I took these pictures in the Kingsland Road in Dalston this morning.

It will be interesting to see how this narrowing works out.

Not just for pedestrians! But for politicians as well!

There has been a certain amount of drivers against the narrowed roads. Who will they vote for in the next election for London Mayor?

 

 

May 19, 2020 - Posted by | Health, Transport | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Pedestrians desperately need more space on London’s roads. The past few weeks have been a joy to those of us who have been able to make use of (deserted) roads to walk. Indeed, on streets with narrow pavements that’s the only safe way to socially distance.

    Compared with other major cities around the world, London has narrow streets that are unsuitable for motorised road traffic. Moving traffic is bad enough, but at least the vehicle is performing its intended function. But 95% of the time (according to studies – eg, see https://www.reinventingparking.org/2013/02/cars-are-parked-95-of-time-lets-check.html) it’s parked. Just a useless, unproductive hunk of metal and glass, taking up precious urban space and preventing safe use of our streets by sustainable forms of transport. Car parks – large sterile areas of impermeable surfaces – are both a criminal waste of space in our town and village centres and are of zero environmental value.

    For these reasons, the car is surely a contender for the most inefficient form of transport. The days are long gone when the railways could afford to have lots of carriages and wagons simply sitting in sidings awaiting the occasional call to duty on a summer Saturday excursion or Christmas parcels traffic. Yet no one bats an eyelid when a council, tourist site or residential developer carves out another chunk of our limited pace simply to store cars.

    I have not even touched on the ugly clutter of signs, sodium lights and other ‘street furniture’ that spreads across the landscape and townscape in the car’s wake. Nor the filthy pollution that damages health of millions and shortens so many lives prematurely. Nor the accident toll that wastes so much NHS and police resource and causes so much grief. Nor the way that traffic-clogged roads and motorways separate people and communities from each other as efficiently as the Berlin Wall once did.

    I salute Sadiq Khan taking some first, faltering steps towards empowering pedestrians and cyclists by widening pavements and reducing carriageway widths. I look forward to the day when the personally owned car – however it’s powered – being towed to the scrapyard.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | May 19, 2020 | Reply

  2. Will there be a backlash over the move, like there was over the proposed pedestrianisation of Oxford Street?

    Comment by AnonW | May 19, 2020 | Reply


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