I’m happy to have just signed the Ramblers’ Manifesto.
It calls, as you might expect, for better protection for public footpaths, for the quick development of the new coastal route, and for better development of green spaces for walking.
But the part that interests me most,, particularly in relation to Holborn and St Pancras, is the call for walking to be made the highest prioirity form of transport.
There’s a very practical application of this just down the road from me in Somers Town – on the Euston Road, where a number of the traffic lights force pedestrians – at least ones obeying the “green man”, to wait for a complete traffic cycle in the middle of the road, with traffic speed fast, choking fumes, and the delay.
Euston Road is a real community barrier, splitting people apart, and certainly the hostile setting of the lights for pedestrians doesn’t help.