Bonefishblues wrote:..................I have recently become involved in local politics to attempt to influence change. In fact I spent most of last weekend writing a detailed paper to put into the planning process. Thus far I and colleagues have received nothing but positive support and advice.
I refrained from explaining their moral bankruptcy to them as I didn't think that particularly conducive to success of the proposal.
I sincerely wish you well. There are so many people in local authority officialdom who are involved in these matters, and I found that none of them either cycled or understood cycling - except one. This one was a junior officer, aligned with a local LBS, and his view was that CTC represented old guys in baggy shorts and flat caps and we were a joke. He knew everything about cycling
, and was listened to internally. Higher ranking officers told me that they'd consult and listen where they were legally obliged to but not otherwise - and cyclists' safety was not on their agenda. Informal chats with elected members simply indicated that the only way to travel was in their car - cycle-lanes, 'bus lanes, controlled pedestrian crossings simply delayed motorists and cost money. When they uttered through the press they said all the right things, but still didn't understand, weren't interested, and did nothing.
You were right to refrain from explaining - don't criticise them, don't argue with them, don't try to explain the truth - you'll feel like you're being smarmy but at least you won't be involved in arguments. This was early in 21st century - there are indications that things may possibly be changing..........but don't hold your breath. I sincerely wish you well.