Published by Matt Polaine | Filed under Cycling infrastructure
The local Cambridge Cycling Campaign sent out a questionnaire to the local election candidates asking about their views on a selection of key cycle infrastructure/culture issues. Many did not bother to reply, of those that did, most were ‘political answers’, but the UKIP’s Peter Burkinshaw sums up White Van Man culture of the UK;
Q. Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points?
A. “Provision for cyclists is already adequate. Please remember that motorists are the people who pay to use the roads whereas cyclists are “freeloaders”. They are entitled to use the roads but not disproportionately”.
“If everyone cycled, as you suggest, there would be no roads to ride on”.
If this represents the honest opinion of the majority of politicians - and honesty is somewhat lacking in UK politics right now - then Peter Burkinshaw represents a new level of local government ignorance born out of a motor-myopic culture, sentencing many to an early death and massive NHS burden from an obesogenic timebomb and gridlocked towns and cities.
God help our children with people like this in local government.