Tuesday 31 August 2010

NHS and the cycling revolution

The NHS website gushes enthusiastically about the many and varied benefits of cycling.

"Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it's also a form of transport. That means it saves you money, gets you fit and contributes to a cleaner environment."

it says here.

So when I had occasion recently to go to St James Health Centre in Walthamstow, I could be forgiven for imagining that there might be some cycle parking provision to encourage everyone on this form of transport?

How many cycle parking stands did I find?

That's right. 

Nothing. Zero. Zilch. 
Diddly Squat.

As can be seen in the picture, it is hardly as if they don't have the room to put in a couple of sheffield stands. In fact, around the corner they have a railing for padlocking prams and buggies, but it is too high for cycles. Putting in a group of sheffield stands in the area would allow both pram users and cyclists to use them securely.

In the picture one can just make out one cycle tied to the staircase - I had to secure my bicycle outside the front door where there was a support pillar to the porch.

According to the NHS website, cycling can help reduce stress. Well, not if you spend ages trying to find somewhere to secure your cycle, and then the entire doctor's appointment worrying about your cycle security.

This website page is cycling eco-fluff which is so at odds with reality one wonders if the authors have ever ridden a cycle, or indeed stepped outside their front door.

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