Author Archives: aseasyasriding

Perspectives on Poynton

The Poynton ‘shared space’ scheme has attracted a large amount of attention, both in the UK, and abroad – attention driven principally by this seductive video, produced by Martin Cassini, an advocate of the removal, or reduction, of priority seen in … Continue reading

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‘Critical mass’

Over the last few years it has seemed (to me at least) that the notion of a ‘critical mass’ of riders being a key plank of cycling policy has lost its credibility. The idea of ‘safety coming from numbers’ has, … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, critical mass, Subjective safety | 27 Comments

Fears about ‘kamikaze’ motorists put Cambridge road scheme on hold

News just in. A road scheme in Cambridge, which would involve giving motorists ‘priority’ along a road, has been put on hold due to concerns about the behaviour of a minority of motorists. Plans for a new Cambridge road scheme involving ‘junctions’ … Continue reading

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Transferring responsibility

A building in town is being renovated. There is scaffolding around the exterior, and around that is some wooden boarding, protecting the public from the building work inside. There’s an entrance door to the site; it has a warning to the … Continue reading

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The unanswerable case for pedestrian helmets

From the Bristol Post – Hanham mum: My son’s pedestrian helmet saved his life after crash WEARING a pedestrian helmet was a choice that saved one 12-year-old boy’s life. Charlie Baggot was walking to Hanham High School when he was hit by … Continue reading

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The connection between walkability and high cycle use

Figures for cycling in Bruges are a little hard to come by, but from this Fietsberaad document [pdf], cycling in the city seems to form between 15-20% of all trips. It’s certainly the most ‘Dutch’ place I’ve visited outside of the Netherlands, … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Infrastructure, Strasbourg, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Walking | 17 Comments

Crumbs

At the Leeds Cycle City Expo, the keynote speech was given by Robert Goodwill, the Under Secretary of State for Transport, with special responsibility for cycling. It was full of pleasant soundbites and encouraging noises, but when he had to depart … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Horsham, Infrastructure, Transport policy, Uncategorized, West Sussex County Council | 22 Comments

Do you hate humans? Take it out on them through design

Last week I was staying in Leeds for the Cycle City Expo, and the Space for Cycling campaigners conference. My hotel was quite convenient – only half a mile from Leeds Town Hall where the Expo was being held, and about … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Car dependence, Town planning, Walking | 29 Comments

The possible versus the acceptable

North Parade in Horsham is a fairly busy distributor road (running north – unsuprisingly) out of the town centre. It has a 30 mph limit, and very narrow cycle lanes, which give up at a couple of awful pinch points. The … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Pinch points, Sustrans, The Netherlands | 26 Comments

The benefits of keeping buses and bikes apart

Putting a cycle track alongside a bus lane is standard practice in the Netherlands. The principles of sustainable safety – specifically, homogeneity – mean you should not mix vehicles that differ greatly in mass. So unless it is completely unavoidable, … Continue reading

Posted in Bus lanes, buses, Infrastructure, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 27 Comments