If I had my way, all cycles would be banned from Heath
IN welcoming the City of London Corporation s forthcoming review of cycling on Hampstead Heath, the Camden Cycling Campaign is badly confusing its own goals with the true needs of the vast majority of Heath users – those who walk there and love the nature
IN welcoming the City of London Corporation's forthcoming review of cycling on Hampstead Heath, the Camden Cycling Campaign is badly confusing its own goals with the true needs of the vast majority of Heath users - those who walk there and love the nature and the tranquillity for which the Heath was always intended.
Jean Dollimore attempts to make light of the scale of their proposals but her ''60 per cent increase" is huge by almost any standards, and the figure is also highly misleading. The CCC is campaigning for nine new paths/links for cyclists to be added to the existing four, an absolutely massive increase of 225 per cent.
The forthcoming review of cycling is also welcomed by many of us who walk on the Heath, but for a different reason. We hope that the review will enable the Corporation to understand the dangers to pedestrians, the loss of peace, and the environmental damage that cyclists bring and ban cycling on the Heath altogether.
The natural aspect of the Heath should be preserved, and its use should revert to how it was before cycling was allowed. Surely the over-riding considerations should be the needs of the Heath itself and the safety of the millions of walks taken there every year. The Heath does not need more cycling, it needs less.
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