Think bike? Think car? NO think!
In a letter published in the South Woodham Focus of 20th Jan 2012, Mr G Rumpy repeats the common fallacy that "roads were built for cars". In fact the impetus for flat roads, the political campaigning for their construction and much of their initial funding came from cycling organisations. The Road Improvements Association, pioneers in establishing well surfaced roads were a lobbying group created by the Cyclists' Touring Club in the 1880s. As the author Carlton Reid notes in his forthcoming detailed history Roads Were Not Built for Cars: "Motorists are the johnny-come-latelies of highway history" (see www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/). The financial costs of road building and repair, not to mention the social and environmental costs of pollution, noise and deaths on the road are borne by all citizens and far exceed the taxation paid by motorists - which in any case is not hypothecated for the roads but enters the general Treasury coffers. It is incumbent on all road users to use those roads safely, cyclists and motorists alike have rights and responsibilities.
James Taylor, SWF