Mr Wolmar wants to go to City Hall, and his latest piece (in the the TSSA's journal) reflects the move to campaign mode. Nonetheless, his article raises an interesting point:
Copenhagen has led the way with a long term strategy of reducing car use and boosting cycling to levels where it will be the dominant mode in the city centre. Paris is closing off a busy Seine embankment road to accommodate cycling and walking. Even in New York, there have been massive changes, with a network of excellent cycle lanes being quickly established and Times Square being pedestrianised, resulting in the renaissance of what had been a rather dingy area. The same trend of squeezing out private car use and improving public transport, as well as facilities for cycling and walking, can be seen in cities as far afield as Bogota and Buenos Aires.
How far can London restrain traffic?
In the past, Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson have both backed away from pedestrianising Oxford Street and other, similar and smaller, schemes.
Could Mayor Wolmar succeed where they didn't? And could Mayor Johnson (who, let's not forget, has the majority of his term still to run) have another bold scheme in his pocket, this time aimed at pedestrians?