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Sadiq Khan appoints London's first full-time Walking & Cycling Commmissioner

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by velovoice, 20 Dec 2016.

  1. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    "Will Norman starts work in February on a salary of £98,000. He is currently Nike's global partnerships director.... [previously] set up a social research consultancy and was also director of research at The Young Foundation"

    Oh well, it's better than some had feared ;)
  2. Regulator

    Regulator Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.

    At least he rides a bike...
  3. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    I'm not sure the communities of CycleChat and PedestrianChat have the same goals...
  4. Making people sick by showing pictures of themselves wearing hats?
  5. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Bleurgh, you're right - they're just like us:

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  6. OP

    velovoice Veteran

    Given the Mayor's commitment to the Healthy Streets approach to urban planning, this appointment makes sense. As for walking, hey, we all do it.
  7. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I'm keeping an open mind. We shall see.
  8. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    As little as possible and often wishing more shops and services were ride-through ;)
    (source, requries cookies)
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  9. OP

    velovoice Veteran

    My arthritic knees wholeheartedly agree!
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  10. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Fair weathered,fair minded but easily persuaded. Staff Member

    I am an optimist. I hope it works out and that he listens to the people most affected.
  11. McWobble

    McWobble Professional miserablist

    Walking Commissioner? Walk down any street - if you can that is, as pavements are more usually just extra space for car parking. Then find your way impeded by "safety railings" (whose purpose is solely to spare motorists the onerous duty of actually looking where they're going). When you eventually get to a crossing, you'll have to wait. And wiat And wait. Eventually, when the light does turn green for you, invariably some bellend won't bother stopping. And you'll have to repeat the process to get across the other half of the road.

    Small wonder that few people walk, and obesity and unfitness is so common.

    Pedestrians get a truly awful deal. Frankly, it's about time they had some sort of say. After all, somewhere that is pleasant to walk is somewhere that is pleasant to live and work in.
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  12. Drago

    Drago Guru

    How long before the commissioner drives or gets a cab while at work?
  13. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry More gruff than grumpy

    West Sussex
    Pedestrians are third class citizens in London (and in Copenhagen too).

    I'm in favour of any action that seeks to give pedestrians primacy on our streets.

    I'm less enthused with the idea that, when awheel, I might now be regarded, or treated like, a two wheeled pedestrian rather than a motor-less vehicle. For fear of ending up in third class.

    But we will see how it goes.
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