Cabbies to stage convoy through Manchester in protest at cycle lane ban

A huge convoy of cabbies is to bring chaos to the streets of Manchester in protest at being barred from cycle lanes. Private-hire drivers are furious that cyclists can use the lanes but they can not. Transport bosses say the rules are necessary because private hire vehicles are not pedal cycles. They also say any change would cause congestion. But private-hire firms claim that is ‘scaremongering’ and say lifting the ban would help hard-pressed drivers and passengers, too. Now a group of drivers has decided to hold a protest on May 16. They will drive from the Etihad Stadium to Manchester town hall in a convoy at 11am. Organisers claim hundreds of drivers are likely to take part. Secretary of the Manchester Private Hire Association, said: “What we are trying to do is get a level playing field with cyclists. “We carry about 40 million people in Greater Manchester each year, which is a phenomenal number. “With an ageing population, a lot of people use us because they have mobility problems and struggle to cycle. “But we are finding problems because there are miles of cycle lanes and pavements, running past medical centres, pharmacies, hotels and so on, where we can’t pick them up or drop them off, which is a great disadvantage to us. “Sometimes we can’t get our customers to health appointments because we are stuck in traffic when cycle lanes are empty.”

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Pavement Taxi Rank

Here's a new one from the black cabs, the Manchester's first(?) pavement taxi rank.

Notice how they have recycled the cycle lane to make space for vehicles to get past.

Double points for pissing off pedestrians and cyclists!


Road Block

If you want to make sure that people cycle on the pavement, then just block the whole dam road...