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After reading an exert from the Panoramas webpage yesterday I found that it was probably time Giblad entered the debate on the bike lane. Of course so far we have yet to touch this issue for the obvious reason that a bike lane in Main Street is a completely ludicrous idea.

The think tank must have been extremely suggestible to genuinely believe that this would be a progressive step for Gibraltar.

We would all love to live in a less polluted area, and encourage exercise, but a bike lane with time restrictions is not the way to go about it.

Most people who are casual cyclists in Gibraltar are workers. Some local, more from over the frontier, but these aren’t people who will require a bike lane overnight. It’s not even tangible how many people this would actively benefit, but the number would almost certainly be minimal.

I personally don’t agree with the fear mongering in the Panoramas article.

For a start the inclusion of the “victim” in the title makes it seem as if the man in question was killed.

Comparing cyclists to terrorists and bicycles to weapons is a completely pointless exercise which completely devalues the credibility of the article.

“They are no different from the terrorist that the concrete blocks were supposed to protect us from.” They are different, they are very, very, different.

Also, when using such fierce comparisons to stir anxiety it’s probably for the best that you don’t use them on September 11th. I’m assuming they are aware of what happened 17 years ago, it was broadcast on news channels internationally throughout the day.

If Gibraltar wants to crack down on exhaust pollution then a bike lane won’t even make a dent. We’ve had a free bus system for years and yet the roads are still packed first thing in the morning and come the end of the day.

Whilst petrol prices remain at a relatively low cost, and the price of mopeds are reasonable, people will continue to use their cars and their mopeds rather than bicycles or public busses, if only for the sheer convenience.

There is no immediate way to make a direct impact on excess pollution. The only way people will consider a more environmentally friendly way of transportation is if they are hit financially. If Gibraltar was to follow in London’s footsteps and introduce a congestion charge then you might see an impact.

But we are more likely to see more half baked ideas before we actually develop a sustainable resolution.