The RBKC Youth Council Statement:
The RBKC Youth Council, which has made cycling in the borough an item on its agenda, was extremely disappointed to hear that the KHS Cycle lane was being ripped shortly after its construction.
The Youth Council strongly condemns this decision as safe cycling brings many benefits to the young members living in our borough. From cycling to school, college, shops and fitness centres, having a cycling lane ensures that our lives are not in danger and that we can continue having the incentive to use healthy and environmentally friendly ways of transport.
The decision to remove such lanes, made by the RBKC Council, increases the cost of being unsafe in our risk/benefit analysis and therefore might result in many of our young friends choosing not to cycle which would have fundamental implications over their physical health and mental health.
This decision is not a one-off policy, but a choice that will have significant consequences over many aspects of the young people in our borough.
We call on the RBKC Council and councillors to oppose such a decision and continue working on ensuring not only that we follow our commitment for environmental protection, but by making sure that members of our community are safe and protect in their everyday life.