A blog about cars in Aberdeen.

This is a blog about cars in Aberdeen because most people aspire to the convenience of personal motor transport, pay dearly for the privilege, provide much employment, contribute greatly in taxes, and then people expect them to ‘leave the car at home’, while their money is spent creating cycle lanes and the like for freeloading cyclists.

Wednesday 24 November 2010

More 'Road Closed' Misery

Anyone who repeatedly drives from the north of Aberdeen to the south and back again or vice-versa twice a day to and from their very important, essential job will surely - and quite rightly - be outraged by the nonsensical closure of this key link-road which used to join Kingswells and the Skene Road to Bucksburn and the A96 Trunk road.

Just because a new road was built round the outside of the burgeoning 1980's Kingswells new-build suburb that's surely no reason for the council-in-all-their-wisdom to shut down this existing and perfectly good road. It would make a great rat-run for drivers-in-the-know. It's got a lovely camber and curve to it - imagine dropping a gear and roaring round that corner like Tiff Needell! It'd be just like being in a car advert! Isn't that what everyone wants?

But instead - as hard-pressed VIP tax-farmed motorists fume and fulminate in the gridlock at the Fourmile roundabout and at the Newhills junction - this perfectly good road bridging the Bucksburn lies unused. Unused that is except for dog-walkers, cyclists and schoolkids - none of whom (we needn't point out to regular readers) pay road tax and so none of whom count as road-users. So why are they allowed to use this road, then? It's got streetlights and everything. It makes us sick to see these free-loading non-productive tax-avoiding non-contributing subsidy-junkies laughing at us as they use this road and other routes like it as if they were private roads - just for them.

Who's paying for it then? Who except the tax-paying long-suffering hard-pressed motorist? Oh yes, it's time for a re-think about this stretch of road. It should be re-opened immediately. Oh, and the bypass must be built straightaway.

The very worst thing about this closed section of road is that, when it's used by pedestrians, horseriders, cyclists and other unimportant subsidised people, it gives them the impression that it's actually safe to walk, or cycle or ride a horse. It makes them think that it's a nice thing to do. It makes them feel all cosseted and clever. Well, they're not, they're just showing off, trying to be "different". Everyone knows that these activities are dangerous. Anyway, cyclehelmets make you look stupid and walking makes you look poor.

For their own good, these people need to be shown the error of their ways. The sooner their little 'hobbies' are stamped out, and the sooner they learn to conform with the vast majority of people who's transport choice actually contributes to society and the exchequer, the safer they'll be and the better it'll be for everyone. The sooner these misguided folk get about in safe, warm, nice cars, the happier they'll be and everyone will be able to tell how much money they've got at-a-glance. They should stop kidding themselves and the authorities should stop closing perfectly good roads like this - it only encourages them; humoring their stupid delusions of fitness and fun and freedom and cheap active transport. Roads are for tax-paying cars (and vans) - nobody else. OK?

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