Monthly Archives: October 2011

Streets safe for children

Sustrans have launched a new strategy, Free Range Kids. They write As the clocks go back and children make their winter journeys to and from school in darker conditions, the need for safer roads is more urgent. Miranda Krestovnikoff, Ambassador for … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Road safety, Transport policy | 3 Comments

The death of Brian Dorling

On the morning of Monday 24th October, during the rush hour, a cyclist was killed by an HGV on the north side of the Bow roundabout. From the photograph on the London Cycling Campaign website here, the cyclist was hit … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Infrastructure, London, Transport for London | 3 Comments

What should ‘Going Dutch’ mean?

Matthew Wright’s article in the Guardian yesterday was entitled There’s more to ‘going Dutch’ than having a separate cycling lane To which the obvious, superficial, response is ‘no shit Sherlock’, and the longer, more detailed response would be as follows. … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling renaissance, Infrastructure, John Franklin, LCC, London, The Netherlands | 5 Comments

Taking responsibility

Last Thursday, I published a piece entitled ‘Road peril’. It addressed an article published recently in my local paper that, in referencing the concerns of a local councillor about poor parking, reckless driving, and dangerous cycling, decided for some peculiar … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Road safety | 14 Comments

Friday Facility No.5 – Springfield Road, Horsham

In which an initially promising idea – a kerb-separated contraflow cycle lane – disintegrates into a confusing mess in the space of a few yards. The entrance. So far so good. We can turn left here, but motor vehicles can’t. … Continue reading

Posted in Friday facility, Horsham, Infrastructure, Town planning, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

‘Road peril’

On the 22nd September, the West Sussex County Times printed this article. Entitled Councillor warns of road “peril”* it runs COMPLAINTS of ‘rogue’ road users in Horsham has [sic] driven a district councillor to brand the town’s ‘great deal of reckless … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Road safety | 19 Comments

Cycling to the station

Yesterday afternoon I caught a train to Brighton from Three Bridges station, in Crawley. On the platform, I was one of three people with a Brompton. Each and every one of us had, presumably, arrived at the station by bike. … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, Road safety, The Netherlands, Town planning, Uncategorized, West Sussex County Council, WSCC LTP | 12 Comments

Friday Facility No.4 – Southgate Avenue, Crawley

I’m not sure whether the ‘Dismount’ is for the bin, or the bus stop. Either way, this is one location where there is, quite clearly, no space for separated cycle paths of decent width. The photograph was taken at 5:30 … Continue reading

Posted in Friday facility, Infrastructure, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 1 Comment

The subtle enslavement of parents

Idly thumbing through a local freesheet while on my coffee break this morning, I encountered a news article entitled ‘Dads Sentenced to a Year Behind The Wheel.’ It turned out to refer not to a curious punishment meted out by a … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Cycling policy, The media, The Netherlands, Uncategorized | 24 Comments