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Not an idiot, or an engineer

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Councillor Deirdre Alden has responded to criticism of her comments about cyclists, saying that she is “not an idiot”, Cycling Weekly reported.

[“Birmingham councillor answers critics after claiming cycling is ‘discriminatory’”, Chris Marshall-Bell, September 12, 2014]

[…] “These grants have to be spent by a certain time of else the money is rebuked. Therefore decisions are rushed and rushed decisions are not always the right decisions.

“We are in a Cabinet system and therefore I do not make the decisions. I am not an engineer also. But why is the Equality Impact System not be taking into account?”

Is it true that cyclists are predominately young white men, and if so, is that a reason for not backing the cycle mode?

Average distance cycled, Great Britain, 2011

In urban environments, the non-user benefits of cycling can be large (as Amsterdam and Cambridge demonstrate). Bicycles outperform motorised public transport in terms of roadspace utilisation, noise, greenhouse gases, and air quality.

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Written by beleben

September 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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  1. If anything driving is a far more exclusive activity. You canot hld a driving licence is…you are too young, getting too old, registered blind, suffer from epilepsy, have some motor function disabilities…..

    As for her clear lack of knowledge the councillor seems totally out of touch with the use of cycles as a mobility aid, despite a very high profile case involving a teenager with dwarfism who uses a bike as a mobility aid, and was being refused access to local buses. In London a figure of 9% is quoted for those using a cycle because it improved their independent mobility.

    The dominance of assertive and fit cyclists in the current polling might just be the result of having to ride in this way in order to use the roads infrastructure as it is currently designed and used by other road users.

    Dave H

    September 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm


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