But, we don't have road pricing with Ken's scheme. What we have is a completely arbitrary 'solution' which makes some bits of road much more expensive than the rest (which are free) and so lots of the traffic will be forced down the free roads, whilst leaving the expensive roads emptier.
I think it would be marvellous if there were a computer which priced different roads at different rates according to traffic, time of day, weather, etc. etc.. Instead we will have an arbitrary, no-go traffic free city of London, and chaos round the edges.
It was Westminster council, that well known bunch of socialists who took Ken to court. Not Southwark!
By the way, John Criddle, you're a bit sharp there! Think of all the advantages of cars and other vehicles. How else would you get your French beans (from Kenya) in the supermarket in the middle of winter, without a rep going to the supermarket head quarters in his Cavalier... etc.
...also I think the government should somehow encourage businesses to provide bike storage and more importantly SHOWERS for people who cycle in.
As far as I'm aware they do to some degree. Tax exemption for work place cycle parking and associated facilities. Also the government recently upped the tax relief for using a push-bike on company business. It's now about 20p per mile.
Actually there will be more traffic at the Elephant and Bricklayers Arms as cars find they cannot take the usual side roads. And while they (presumably the GLA TRaffic authority) are busy narrowing the roads at these junctions so that fewer vehicles can get past) why can't they put some dedicated cycle routes in, so that old ladies on simple bikes can venture across these junctions. Previously, only someone with suicidal intent would take a bike round the Bricklayers Arms roundabout.