This post is part of a series by the Campaign For Cycling In London (CCL), the organisation which seeks policies to encourage cycling in the city.
City squares are a major battle ground in the War On The Motorist. The notoriously anti-car Bristol City Council go so far in persecuting the Motorist that they have even closed major roads in city squares. You might be thinking that this could never happen in sensible London, but just remember how Ken Livingstone ruined Trafalgar Square by closing a tiny fraction of the road space. The biggest insult to the Motorist in the city though is not Trafalgar Square, but is in fact just down the road, symbolically placed right in the centre of democracy and government: Parliament Square.
Parliament Square sits at the intersection of a number of major roads; vital arteries of our city. The Embankments, Victoria Street, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge. Big roads that are required for Very Important People — like politicians and senior civil servants; commanders of the Metropolitan Police, execs at Channel 4, directors of the National Gallery, and senior management of Transport For London — to go about doing their Very Important Things. Therefore, Parliament Square has to be one big signal-controlled roundabout, organising traffic. Nothing else would do the job. Continue reading