Now I would like to explain my reasoning, with a little bit of help from Royal College Street.
|Hooray for pointless conflict!|
|An Armadillo, working exactly as planned.|
Last night, Camden Cyclists tweeted this:
Please reply in favour of Royal College Street northern extension. Lots of votes in favour needed for this scheme. https://t.co/GkJkuj11SJJust like the original Royal College Street, there are things to be praised. Space is being given to cyclists, and often conflicts with parking have been removed.
— camden cyclists (@camdencyclists) September 10, 2014
|Why the loading bay conflict?|
|This is incredibly dangerous. Why are Camden Cyclists supporting this?|
The big problem here is the amount of praise and awards. Here is a tweet from a Camden councillor:
Our Royal College Street cycling scheme has won another award - this time from @london_cycling - congrats to everybody in Camden involvedWhy does Camden need to improve on the Royal College Street scheme. They know they got loads of awards and praise the last time, so why bother? There is no point working any harder if the results are the same. The level of effort required for praise has been set so low, the designers needn't consider proper cycling infrastructure. Just place out a load of armadillos, and the cyclists will be happy.
— Phil Jones (@philjones79) July 16, 2014
This is why I have my reservations about praising the East-West superhighway too much. Yes, it deserves praise. But too much praise, and it sets the benchmark too low.
London and the rest of the UK will never progress while praise is just given out on a whim.