horizon wrote:Woking, like dozens of other towns, hasn't been pedestrianised. This is a complete misnomer. In fact it's been fully motorized. The idea is that you drive (or take a bus) to the town centre,
The bus is merely a byproduct of the desire to expedite the private motor car. In reality in most areas of the country buses are only for the most marginal members of society.
For instance my friend's wife lives 18 minutes drive from Woking and, having failed her driving test 6 times, visits frequently, two kids in tow, pregnant with the third. In order to do this, she faces a 15 minute walk to the bus stop, then up to 2 hours wait for a bus (they are hourly, but might be early/cancelled), which takes 48 minutes and dumps her on the wrong side of a busy road near the train station. It's then another 15 minutes walk to get to the food court in the shopping centre
OTOH, by motor car you speed along a three-lane highway and up a private access road right into the shopping centre itself, where a lift (empty of course, being at the top, so plenty of room for the push chair) speeds you directly to the mall.
Incidentally I just went to Woking town centre. The police had driven a Mini Cooper up Wolsey Walk, a covered walkway, from which bikes (let alone cars) were already banned, and were giving it away in some contest. One of their coterie had also driven a dirty (civilian) hatchback into the Town Square, presumably because they were too self-important to walk 30 yards from a parking space in a non-pedestrianised area.
On my way home I was cycling along the 30mph limit road at 21mph and was overtaken around a bend with poor visibility by a full-length Mercedes Citaro bus reg X432KON. Inevitably given the amount of traffic on the road, a car was coming the other way around the bend, and I was forced to brake out of fear of it knocking me off as it hurried back in, and was further emperilled by the shock when I realised that I was at my right-turn and I needed to brake and signal with a 4x4 immediately behind me. Oh what fun it is to leave in one of Britain's 'cycle towns'.