Not everyone agrees that walking, cycling or public transport are the best way to get around London. Here we tackle some common myths and misconceptions about streets, traffic and public space that are preventing people looking beyond the automobile to see a more democratic, open and liveable version of urban life.
Click on the myths below and comment in order to contribute to the discussion. Let us know about more myths that need debunking.
- Streets were designed for cars and movement. They are not places to enjoy.
- I don’t have time to walk or use public transport.
- Public transport is for losers.
- Cutting traffic is bad for business.
- Cutting space for cars will increase congestion and pollution.
- Walking is fine in Inner London, but people need to drive further out.
- Cycling safety deserves greater focus than pedestrian safety.
- This isn’t Amsterdam. London is different.
- Improvements for walkers and cyclists only help the middle classes.
Author: Emma Griffin, Hackney resident, writer and London Living Streets campaigner intricateminglings.com