Some of the more uncharitable E17 cycling blogs think that the local council spout ecofluff about cycling whilst - at best - doing nothing to help cycling in reality. Like this blog here from freewheeler on the cycle stand provision at St James street medical centre. Which is, frankly, just unfair. Local government and NHS trusts would love to encourage cycling to their sites, if only there was the room to accommodate them. After all, cyclists need to be realistic.
Take, for example, this re-designed area outside Whipps Cross 24hr walk-in centre.
If only there was any room to put cycle provision outside the walk-in centre of one of East London's biggest hospitals, then don't you think the powers-that-be would do so?
As it is, one can just see in the picture above, a typical lawless cyclist deciding to take the law into their own hands and use the railings to secure their cycle. This type of anti-social behaviour is exactly the reason why cyclists should pay road-tax and insurance. And wear silly high viz and helmets. And keep out of the way of motorists.
Those of a cynical disposition should take heed that Whipps Cross website actually discourages travelling by car, saying
"Patients are encouraged not to come by car as there is limited parking on site".
It then continues to detail the 4 car parks on site which can be used by motorists.
Strangely it doesn't detail the cycle parking available at the hospital, instead saying
"We encourage visitors and staff living nearby to cycle to the hospital if possible".
Clearly this encouragement doesn't extend to some sheffield stands near major departments. Presumably encouragement can only go so far.