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I think you can park about 6 bikes in the space of one car.Cycles do not cause the emissions and pollution that Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars, vans and lorries do.Fossil fuels are on the way out as fast as Govts can get them out and that's why Govts have put dates when petrol and diesel car sales will end. Fossil fuel companies after pretending fossil fuels were causing no damage at last are divesting and investing in alternative energy. There are fuel stations where you can only charge electric vehicles.Heavier vehicles are causing more damage to the roads causing potholes and to the pavements when they are driven over them. This is dangerous for pedestrians.  It is illegal in London to park on the pavement unless the pavement is especially marked for parking.Over-indulgence in instant gratification is creating unnecessary online deliveries and killing the high streets.Insurance - a good idea for everyone - you can get this easily for cycles through the London Cycling Campaign - which is a what a lot of cyclists do.With a cycle you can ride straight from the rail or tube station all the way home.With a cycle you can ride direct to school and back.You can get yourself fined for riding on the pavement and I'm sure there are other offences eg riding without lights.Many motor vehicles travel with only one person in them and so take up a lot of road.Too many motorists on the roads push cyclists especially not very confident ones onto the pavements - causing stress to pedestrians. Cyclists need better and safer space.Many cyclists are also motorists so are paying Vehicle Excise Duty.Cyclists have to keep their cycles in good repair or they won't work and they may not be able to get any free repairs or do them themselves and may have to pay for spare parts.Cycles don't have to be two-wheeled - you can have three-wheelers or more if you are unsteady on two.There are more motorists who seem to still have the most trouble driving at 20mph in 20mph zones making it more dangerous for everyone else. Just imagine what it would be like if we each had an enormous car to travel in and never shared.Aren't all of us paying all the taxes that we should be? If we are not then we are probably not paying our fair share for the other things like roads either.

Philippa Bond ● 158d

These tired arguments have been trotted out over and over again on social media. They contribute nothing to the debate on public transport.Roads are a necessary part of an industrialised society. They would exist even if there was no such thing as a private car. They are a public good we all pay for through taxation - the goods and services will generally arrive by road. Motorists already make a substantial contribution to the cost through the extra taxes on fuel.Should motorists pay more? Well maybe. We clearly do need to reduce private car but improving public transport is the only way to take enough cars off the road to make a transformative difference. However, thus far so many of the extra costs that have been piled on motorist are regressive in that they are flat fee charges e.g. increased parking cost, the congestion charge, arbitrary PCNs for minor offences and higher permit charges. As a proportion of income these charges are very significant for a large proportion of the workforce who need a car for work or to get to work. The only way increasing these charges will reduce car use is by making people's employment economically unviable. A policy of reducing car use which targets those on lower incomes is fundamentally unjust.An increase in people cycling has a wide range of benefits for everyone including reduced emissions and an increase in the general health of the population. Quite rightly, all main political parties want to encourage its use and none of them are considering restrictions on cycling such as licensing, insurance requirements or any other measures that would prevent anyone from getting on a bike.

Mark Evans ● 158d