Wednesday, February 20, 2013
How Westminster is Anti-Business
I bet they thought they'd have a relaxing ride around and see the sights.
Instead, they are wobbling along, stuck in traffic with taxis, buses, HGVs, vans and cars. In short, the typical crap experience that Londoners know and avoid.
Will they want to repeat the experience? Probably not. Will they leave with their impression of our great capital enhanced by their bike ride, and will they be more likely to return as a result? Probably not. Will they want to stop at a roadside cafe and enjoy an espresso by a busy, noisy, polluted road? Probably not.
The streets of London should be an asset, enabling people to get around and enjoy the experience. Instead, they are a liability. Far too many people in taxis and private cars clogging up the roads and ruining the experience for everyone. And it's not just the main routes like the Strand (above); Westminster's stubborn insistence that motor vehicles dominate almost every single street in central London is costing the capital dear, by presenting visitors and residents alike with a grim and uninviting street scene that is hardly the welcome that businesses dependent on tourism want.
at 4:59 AM