Monthly Archives: May 2012

Signs of the times

A couple of signs spotted on the Cycling Embassy AGM and field trip in Bristol. This one, on Gloucester Road, is particularly wonderful, warning, as it does, of a barely visible tree. Watch out! And one in South Gloucestershire – Note … Continue reading

Posted in Signs | 4 Comments

The ‘future’ is here, yet again

New urban transport ‘solutions’ continue to appear thick and fast. Supposedly revolutionary, all of them are strangely familiar to that failed mode of urban transport, the private motor vehicle; or at least some kind of ugly hybrid between it and … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions | 15 Comments

Brighton, weather and parking charges

A lot of noise has been generated recently in Brighton by traders upset by an increase in parking charges, implemented on April 1st – they are firm in the belief that the increases have driven away their customers. Seafront businesses … Continue reading

Posted in Brighton, Car dependence, Parking | 6 Comments

Pinch points

Habitual cyclists are no doubt all too familiar with pinch points, those narrowings of the carriageways where it would be impossible, or unsafe, for a bicycle and a vehicle to pass side by side. They necessitate assertive road positioning to … Continue reading

Posted in David Hembrow, Guardrail, Infrastructure, Pinch points, Road safety, The Netherlands | 7 Comments

Mixing with lorries, Dutch-style

In the wake of Mike Penning and Norman Baker’s bizarre and misleading comments about the respective safety of Dutch and British cyclists to the House of Commons Transport Committee on cycling safety in April, Jim Gleeson took a close look … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cycling policy, David Hembrow, HGVs, Infrastructure, Road safety, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Town planning | 11 Comments

Love London, Go Danish? Or even Go Bow?

This is the final post in a series on LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign – the previous three are here, here and here I am not especially precious about the form of infrastructure that might be put in place on London’s streets … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bow Roundabout, Cycle Superhighways, David Hembrow, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Strict liability, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 34 Comments

Love London, Go Dutch – Cycle tracks and civility

This is the third in a series of posts on LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign – the first two are here and here A surprisingly common response to the idea of creating Dutch-style cycle tracks on some of London’s roads … Continue reading

Posted in Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 20 Comments

Love London, Go Dutch – Safety In Numbers?

Yesterday I wrote about a potential area of weakness in London Cycling Campaign’s Go Dutch strategy; the principal objection was that in maintaining that cyclists should still be able to choose whether or not they use the road, or cycle tracks, … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Safety In Numbers, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 15 Comments

Love London, Go Dutch – should this be about ‘choice’?

Now that the excitement of the London elections is starting to die down, and we know Boris will be ensconced in City Hall for another four years (or maybe three), I think it’s time to take stock of where things … Continue reading

Posted in Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 47 Comments

The race to construct the Shard

I found the Channel 4 programme, The Tallest Tower – Building The Shard, which aired last week, grimly fascinating. Whether a slant had been put on the nature of the construction by the programme’s producers or not, I cannot say, … Continue reading

Posted in London, Road safety, Smoothing traffic flow, The Shard, Transport for London | 24 Comments