The residents and traders of Hammersmith and Chiswick have been portrayed by cyclists as being anti-cycling and NIMBYs. This is misinformation. We are not.
Hammersmith and Chiswick would benefit from improved cycling infrastructure, but that should mean working with residents and businesses locally to find a scheme that works for everyone.
Many traders and residents were not consulted by Tfl or the London Borough of Hounslow. Many of us did not receive letters, leaflets or emails and were unaware of Tfl’s consultation. That is why so many of us signed the various petitions objecting to CS9 in its current form.
It is evident that this consultation has been influenced by cyclists and people who do not live in the areas concerned. Many of these people have openly stated on social forums that they have no regard for the interests or needs of local people, businesses, pedestrians or public transport users.
To rectify Tfl’s lack of consultation, we call upon them and the Mayor of London to meet with residents and traders as a matter of urgency to find a better solution that works for everyone in our community – and not just for a small minority.