Monthly Archives: November 2020

Myth: “Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they.”

This, sometimes expressed as “you have an agenda”, is an example of the ad-hominem fallacy. It is often used by people as a failed attempt attempt to discredit an argument. When it comes to determining whether something is true, it … Continue reading

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Myth: “But we need vans and lorries for deliveries!”

Whilst this is literally true, the myth is in the way it is used to suggest that there is an issue that does not actually exist, for three reasons. First, it is a straw man; nobody is suggesting a ban … Continue reading

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Myth: “What if you have to carry a hippopotamus?”

Well it’s not usually a hippo – it tends to be one of any number of large objects – but let’s use that as a metaphor and substitute anything else as appropriate. It is often used as an absurd attempt … Continue reading

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Myth: “cyclists”, “motorists”, “pedestrians”.

The myth here is the very belief that these words have any real meaning at all. There are no species or tribes with these names into which people can be divided. I, for one, travel on cycles, on foot (more … Continue reading

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Myth: “It’s all about cycling.”

It’s easy to see how people might get that impression if they are not really paying attention, especially when all the fancy pictures and visualizations focus on the cycle infrastructure. (After all, a picture of a pavement doesn’t really make … Continue reading

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Is Queens Park, Bolton really suitable as a cycle route.

Bolton Council is relying on a route through Queens Park to link two cycle routes to the town centre. One is a Bee Network proposal from Doffcocker to the town centre, funded by the (GM) Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Challenge … Continue reading

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Myth: “People want to cycle away from roads.”

If we were talking about leisure cycling on a sunny day, then that might be true, but we aren’t. People need cycling and walking routes that go past the places they need to get to. Very few of those destinations … Continue reading

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Myth: “We need to get the right balance.”

Taken literally, this is not actually a myth; but it is a platitude, and as such adds nothing to the conversation. The myth arises in the way it is used as an excuse for keeping the status quo – in … Continue reading

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Myth: “Cyclists don’t want cycleways.”

It’s not primarily about people who cycle now; they already cycle, but they are few. This is about enabling the large percentage of people who who would like to cycle but are too afraid of sharing roads with aggressive and … Continue reading

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Myth: “¬£Millions on paint for a few cyclists.”

The days of pointless cycle lanes consisting of paint are over. Painted lines alone do not qualify for Government funding and would not be acceptable for the Bee Network. The schemes being built in Bolton are far more than that, … Continue reading

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