Friday, 11 January 2013

Cyclists! Please support the Clifton Expanded Parking Zone!


As stated, the Clifton Expanded Parking Zone will add more car parking to Clifton -not only not adding space in the village for bicycles, but cancelling what appears to be a proposal for an on-road buildout cycle parking area in favour of another car bay.

At lot of cyclists read this blog -and we'd like them to write in supporting this proposal. We have prepared some drafts for residents of Bristol and visitors.



It may seem odd for us to ask cyclists to write in supporting council proposals -but if you look at the photograph above you will see that cyclists are mud-covered and smelly. Your very presence in the village lowers its quality and cachet as Bristol's premier village. Add four more bicycles and it would lose out to that other gem of the region, Avonmouth Village.

For this reason, please, please please can you cyclists write in to the  council, using the email address and subject as listed. You are free to ad-lib your own comments -the key thing to make clear is that tax dodgers do not belong in Clifton, and that you, as a tax-dodger recognise this.

If you submit these letters or others, please cc: barbara.janke@bristol.gov.uk, simon.cook@bristol.gov.uk, alex.woodman@bristol.gov.uk, mark.wright@bristol.gov.uk, jon.rogers@bristol.gov.uk -and of course bristol.traffic at  gmail dot com


Residents

To: tro.comments@bristol.gov.uk

Subject: Objections to TRO proposal CAE/NMT/P/815


I would like to write in supporting the proposed plans to add more car parking in Clifton, -while continuing to fail to prove anything for local cyclists much as myself.

The failure of the city to allow me to park my bicycle makes it clear that I cannot shop there. This is good, as the very fact that I am cycling around means that I am too poor to afford anything that Clifton has to offer.

The extra car parking you plan to provide will increase the parking opportunities that I will have once I have saved up enough money to buy a car.


Visitors


To: tro.comments@bristol.gov.uk

Subject: Objections to TRO proposal CAE/NMT/P/815


I would like to write in supporting the proposed plans to add more car parking in Clifton, -while continuing to fail to prove anything for cyclists much as myself.

Bristol has been working at hard at creating an image as a Cycling City, yet here this dream falls completely flat on its face due to the short-term thinking of its residents and the blind acquiescence of its councillors.

While some people may object to this, I, as a cycling visitor to the area, recognise that this is the correct approach.

The two main reasons to visit Clifton by bicycle are to see the suspension bridge or to go mountain biking in Ashton Court. Both these activities involve a lot of physical effort, while the mountain biking also includes water, mud and random pieces of vegetation.

Although Clifton could in theory be an ideal place for thirsty and hungry cyclists to stop and rest before continuing their journey, we believe this would have a detrimental effect on the village -as the presence of smelly and (for the MTBers) very, very dirty cyclists would scare away other visitors. This would damage the whole economy of the reason.

Furthermore, an increased presence of bicycles in the area will make it harder to drive in and around Clifton -and may discourage people from driving from their nearby houses to shops in the village. Again, this could damage the economy.

A single car may take up as much space as eight parked bicycles -but the driver of the car will not scare away other people.

For this reason -please consider this letter one of support for the proposed Clifton Expanded Parking Zone

1 comment:

Luke Keen said...

haha brilliant. I for one shall be emailing the council, with a couple of amendments to your template (which made me laugh hard)

cheers!