Regression To The Mean
You can call it social pressure, or the pressure of reality trying to break in, or whatever. But when I first saw this Streetfilms video on EcoVelo, my first thought was,
Oh, lovely. But it’ll never work here, because our streets are too narrow.
Like Alison Dines, leader of Islongton’s Cyclist Action Group, I’m probably thinking,
“People who don’t cycle say they would like to see segregated bike lanes like they do in some European cities. Unfortunately, it is never going to happen in London [Whitley Bay / Newcastle / Wherever] because we don’t have the space.”
But this is just a symptom of the power of the UK’s dominant, car-centred culture. The messages we receive all day, every day insist that streets have cars on them, and that this is the only way to go. Cars. Car parking. Taxi ranks. Anything that gets in the way of these is plainly unrealistic.
This is a Bad Thing, and something we should all strive to resist. Down that road lies accepting of the status quo, and thinking that Business As Usual wouldn’t be so bad after all.