Saturday, 23 May 2009
Cyclists not welcome here
The Tesco superstore in Leytonstone has parking for ten million cars and four bicycles.
When the cycle-friendly London Borough of Waltham Forest gave the superstore planning permission, they cleverly understood that since cycling is complete crap locally no more than four cycle stands would be necessary, so that was all they insisted on.
Providing more than four stands would also be very expensive for this financially strapped retailer. After all, Tesco today said it had rung up sales of £1bn a week and annual profits of more than £3bn for the first time in its history. The profits haul - believed to be the biggest ever for a British retailer - came after UK like-for-like sales grew 3 per cent over the year, with growth in the fourth quarter of 2.7 per cent.
Anyway, Tesco is not in any sense Green, so any cyclists who shop there deserve to be punished.