‘Ban bicycles!’: Drivers slam calls for a ban on car use saying ownership is a ‘necessity’

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan recently called for Londoners to “significantly reduce car use” as new data found that London had the worst congestion in the world. Mr Khan referenced a report from December which found that drivers in the capital lost 148 hours per year because of congestion, with an average cost of £1,211 per driver in 2021.

He added: “Whilst we have made huge strides in increasing walking and cycling in London throughout the pandemic, car use has remained consistently high.

“If we do not double down on our efforts to deliver a greener, more sustainable future, we will replace one public health crisis with another – caused by filthy air and gridlocked roads.

“The cost to both Londoners and the capital [should not] be underestimated, with days wasted stuck in traffic, billions lost to the economy and increased road danger and health impacts.

“Most traffic is caused simply by there being too great a demand for limited street space, meaning the only long-term solution can be to significantly reduce car use in favour of greener means of travel.”

In response to these comments, some Express.co.uk readers criticised the suggestions that car ownership should be reduced.

One reader, BillJackson, suggested: “Road space in Central London is at a premium yet he gives large amounts of it over to little used cycle lanes.

“Ban bicycles from Central London. There is good public transport.

“They can cycle to an outer London station and cycle from there.

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“Ban Blue badge holders from Central London if they do not live there.

“An exception would be they could travel if their GP is there, or they have to attend a hospital in central London.

“Ban private cars from entering central London if they do not live there.”

Another reader, Anonymous44, said: “Do any of these people who put forward these crackpot ideas actually take time to think them through?”

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