Category Archives: Absurd transport solutions

The trouble with our physical environment

A device that offers mobility to people who have great difficulty walking, that is limited to a maximum speed of 8mph, and poses little or no danger (at least relative to other forms of transport like the private car) should never … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Road safety, The media | 24 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

Ducking the issue with electric cars

The car industry seems to have convinced itself – understandably enough, from their perspective – that the solution to transport in urban areas is simply to convert existing private motor vehicles to run on electricity, rather than combustion engines. The … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Space for Cycling | 75 Comments

If driving in Britain was like cycling in Britain

You need to make a short trip with your children, by car. The first thing to do is to dress them (and yourself) appropriately. That means ensuring you are wearing dayglo reflective tabards, and crash helmets. Driving a car is … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, The Netherlands | 32 Comments

Utter bollocks on local radio

If you tuned into BBC Radio Gloucestershire early on Thursday morning, you might have heard the presenter discussing cycling safety. Here’s a thought, and a suggestion, we haven’t heard before. Something we haven’t heard before? What’s that then? Surely something … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Infrastructure, The media, The Netherlands | 8 Comments

Lord Wolfson’s flyovers

In September last year, the chief executive of Next, Lord Wolfson – also a Conservative Party donor and former advisor, who happens to be married to an aide to George Osborne – wrote an opinion column in the Times (£), calling … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Infrastructure, Lord Wolfson | 23 Comments

An outbreak of silliness in Brighton

The proposed roll-out of 20 mph limits on residential streets in Brighton has been greeted with such a storm of wailing and gnashing of teeth you would think that the council had decided to ban motoring completely. The immensely daft Unchain the … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Absurd transport solutions, Brighton | 10 Comments

Cheapside – a video is not an adequate response to bad road design

The City of London have brought out what they presumably believe to be a charming ‘road safety’ video, entitled ‘Handle Like Eggs’. The presenter of the video informs us that it is really important we ‘share the streets, safely.’ This … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, City of London, Infrastructure, London, Pinch points, Road rage, Subjective safety | 25 Comments

The next step in cycle safety – Canada’s trauma surgeons have the answer

This news story featured yesterday in the Hull Daily Mail – A Hull man whose back was broken in two places when he was knocked from his bicycle faces a long struggle to walk again. Cliff Hattersley, 59, was cycling to his … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Helmets, Road safety, The Netherlands | 6 Comments

What is ‘clutter’?

Eric Pickles was in the news again yesterday with his fourth pronouncement – within a matter of weeks – on car parking. It comes ahead of some new Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidance that will, apparently, aim … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Bollards, Car dependence, Eric Pickles, Horsham, Infrastructure, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Permeability, Shared Space | 22 Comments