We have received a lot of comments from the general public on our campaign against the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Many were not aware of what was proposed and those particularly concerned were the elderly and disabled. This is a typical example recently received:
“I’ve just received your leaflet re the above and I’m aghast at the mayor’s proposals you’ve listed. I rarely use my car to pop to the local shops, preferring to walk, for the exercise. However, it’s much more convenient and quicker to drive to the nearest swimming pool (for more exercise!) than it is to get the bus (which I know I could do). I also do the weekly shop once a week after swimming and this would not be possible without using my car. I know I could do it online but I prefer to choose my own products – and anyway it still requires a vehicle to do the delivery!
I certainly don’t see why I should pay more than I already do for this!
We also get frequent visits from carers who help look after my wife – a lot of them use the bus but some of them use cars and I think it would be unfair for them to have to pay more.
Perhaps you would be kind enough to send me the link to the relevant detail and proposed timetable for implementation and also details on how to object please.”
There are of course enormous numbers of elderly and disabled people living in London who often rely on cars and PHVs (minicabs) for day to day transport. Suggesting most of them can walk or cycle is simply nonsense and even using buses can be impractical for them due to the instability of such vehicles.
In addition, there are large numbers of ladies who feel insecure walking the streets at night and using public transport can be seen as risky.
Another group of objectors are those running small businesses who have to transport goods and those with large families who do a “bulk” shop at a supermarket once per week. The load that results is too large to carry other than in a vehicle.
The Mayor’s Transport Strategy focuses on the young and healthy who have office jobs in central London to which they commute via public transport, or those fit enough and willing to cycle in all weathers, while it ignores a very large proportion of the population. It needs to be scrapped and a new plan put forward!
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