Author Archives: aseasyasriding

Continual improvement

We often hear that we are ‘forty years behind’ the Netherlands – for instance, Andrew Gilligan stated last year that It took 40 years to turn even Amsterdam into Amsterdam, with the kind of cycle facilities it has now This statistic … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, The Netherlands | 6 Comments

The problem with (British) zebra crossings

Zebra crossings are, in principle, the ideal way for pedestrians to cross the road. They give pedestrians priority, and mean they can cross without delay. But there are a number of regulatory difficulties which make them rather less than ideal. … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Walking, Zebra crossings | 57 Comments

Dealing with a historical failure to consider cycling

Way back in the 1970s, Horsham built a stub of inner ring-road, a dual carriageway that was later extended in two stages to (almost) encircle the town centre. It’s called Albion Way. It involved almost entirely demolishing a church… and … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Infrastructure, One-way streets, Pedestrianisation, Permeability, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 15 Comments

More motorway ‘idiocy’

So another person cycling on a motorway has been stopped by the police. The last time this happened – just a few weeks ago – Beyond the Kerb succinctly described the different types of ‘idiocy’ involved here. I don’t for … Continue reading

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Junction capacity

The cycling schemes in Bedford and Southampton – the ‘Turbo’ roundabout, and the Itchen Bridge junction, respectively – have been hitting the headlines recently. A post by SmallTown2K (who has been taking a thorough look at the Southampton scheme) goes … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Smoothing traffic flow, The Netherlands | 11 Comments

Cycling in pedestrianised areas

Many town and city centres in Britain have extensive pedestrianised areas. Often these areas will be surrounded by busy distributor roads, designed to accommodate the motor traffic that has been excluded from the pedestrianised streets (and which in practice have … Continue reading

Posted in Pedestrianisation | 32 Comments

Cycling is (or should be) FUN!

I couldn’t make it to Street Talks on Monday, to hear Mustafa Arif of the London Cycling Campaign discuss the Space for Cycling campaign, although I did manage to follow some of the discussion on Twitter. One tweet in particular … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure | 13 Comments

The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling

Could one of the biggest barriers to the implementation of the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling be… the Mayor himself? I ask, because of an extraordinary discussion at the Transport for London Board Meeting on the 5th February, kindly uploaded to … Continue reading

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A kerb nerd protests

The epithet ‘kerb nerds’ seems to have been coined to describe those people who think that, on roads that carry a certain volume of motor traffic, travelling at a certain speed, cycling as a mode of transport should not share … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 24 Comments

Where next for hi-visibility clothing?

You might be the kind of person who thinks that someone riding a bike should do everything possible to make themselves visible to drivers. That they should wear hi-visibility jackets. That they should be reflective, and illuminated. Well, if you … Continue reading

Posted in Road safety | 32 Comments