Oona King exudes niceness. She wants a London where everything is nice. The problem with that approach is that it is not really rooted in the real world.
Being Mayor of London is rather more complicated than sitting on the seventh floor of City Hall and saying “Wouldn’t it be nice, if …..”
According to Ross Lydall at the Evening Standard, Oona King (or her campaign team) has decided that it would be really, really nice if people could take their bikes onto buses.
Which prompts the question, does Oona King (or her campaign team) ever use London’s buses?
Most buses are now quite full. And they are getting fuller as routes become de-bendified (the replacements cannot carry as many passengers – even when the frequency has been increased – as the original bendie buses did – despite the substantial extra costs being incurred to fulfil Mayor Boris Johnson’s campaign whim).
Frequently, mothers with children in buggies are not allowed to board because there are already two buggies on the bus and it is not safe to have more.
So where are all these bikes going to go? The whole point of using a bike is that the rider does not need to use a car or a bus. Allowing bikes on buses is likely to mean that those with young children will not be able to board and other passengers will be squeezed even more.
I repeat the question: does Oona King (or her campaign team) ever use London’s buses?