Cycling diversity

 

We all know that Britain has a lot of problems these days. Britain is my home country, and while I have lived in New Zealand for over 30 years, I still have family over there and I still love the place.

It is a dark place nowadays, and after the arrest of Tommy Robinson, there is serious tension over freedom of speech and freedom of the press. A country with Land of Hope and Glory as one of its anthems cannot just capitulate to terrorism. It won’t, but where things are heading, only time will tell. I am serious here. Enoch Powell predicted this in the 1970s, and here we are. Britain will not capitulate easily, but because of what has gone on for the last few years, I really fear for the future of this wonderful country.

Of all the issues that are causing real concern in Britain these days, and in London in particular, I never thought of this as one of them. Not in a million years. This from UK News Quote:

Too few women and people from ethnic minority groups cycle in London and more must be done to promote diversity among a largely white, male and middle class biking community, the city’s walking and cycling commissioner has said. End quote>

Sometimes I really do think that the world has gone mad. In fact, I know it has. Freedom of speech in Britain has basically gone, freedom of the press is under threat, but hey…London cyclists are too white.

FOR GOD’S SAKE!!!!!! Quote:

Grand schemes, such as the Cycle Superhighway network of partially-segregated routes linking the suburbs with the centre, are too often perceived as simply a way of getting “middle-aged men cycling faster around the city”, Will Norman acknowledged.

He said he was considering setting diversity targets for London’s cycling population to ensure progress was achieved. End quote.

You can lead a horse to water, but if a black guy doesn’t want to cycle, you can’t make him.

Or can you? Quote:

Speaking to The Independent, Mr Norman, whose job it is to deliver on Sadiq Khan’s pledge to make walking and cycling safer and easier in the capital, said: “There is a problem with cycling and the way it is perceived of getting middle-aged men cycling faster around the city, which is not the objective at all.

“It touches on something which is a real challenge for London cycling, which is diversity.”

Mr Norman, the capital’s first cycling commissioner, said he wanted to tackle the “gender divide” among cyclists that had spawned the term middle-aged men in lycra – or Mamils.

He added: “Even when we have seen the growth in the number of cyclists, we haven’t seen that diversity. End quote.

Mamils. Really. Are these warm-blooded creatures in lycra pants on bikes?

You see, we are always being told that cycling is good, driving is bad. Except when middle-aged white men do it. Then, cycling is bad. Quote:

“There are a number of reasons for that. One is that safety is paramount for getting different people from different walks of life cycling: older people, younger people, those from different backgrounds.” End quote.

Safety? Does this mean it is okay if old white men get killed, but we have to look after everyone else? Quote.

The mayor’s office has unveiled a number of projects it says will begin to address a lack of diversity, including cycle training courses, grants for community groups who do not typically cycle and promoting electric bikes, as well as expanded cycle routes. On Quietway 1, a new route linking Waterloo with Greenwich, the proportion of women has risen from 29 per cent to 35 per cent.

Duncan Dollimore, road safety and legal campaigns officer at Cycling UK, backed the moves, saying authorities should be “focusing on the barriers that deter people from cycling rather than existing cyclists”.

The target that we have set out in the mayor’s transport strategy is over that 25 years we want to shift to 80 per cent of journeys to be walking, cycling or by public transport.

“That is a much more ambitious target and really is fundamentally rethinking the way that we move around our city.” End quote.

I really fear for my home country. I know they won’t just capitulate to Islamification, but the eventual outcome is likely to be ugly, and I am scared about that. But this? Once again, it is a kick in the teeth for the (still majority) of white people there. This issue is all about nothing. Black people can cycle if they want to. Women can cycle if they want to. If they don’t want to, they don’t. There can be all sorts of reasons for that but it doesn’t matter. There is no need for a quota for this. Actually, there is no need for a quota for anything, but definitely, not for this.

Land of hope and glory. Mother of the people who are racially abused, day after day. What can you say?


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