Monthly Archives: November 2012

A half-hearted junction review from Transport for London

As you know, Transport for London are consulting on improvements for cycling to a series of junctions in London, that are the most dangerous (I’ve written about two before). A consultation closes tomorrow, Friday, for the four-way junction of Battersea … Continue reading

Posted in Go Dutch, Infrastructure, Junction Review, LCC, London, Smoothing traffic flow, Transport for London | 21 Comments

Helmets – Expectation and Inconsistency

One of the most baffling aspects of the fixation on bicycle helmets as a way of attempting to protect cyclists from harm is the extraordinary inconsistency with which helmets are advocated. Setting aside the vexed issue of how effective helmets … Continue reading

Posted in Helmets | 84 Comments

‘Safety in Numbers’ dismissed as a strategy by London Assembly report

I’ve written extensively about the ‘Safety in Numbers’ effect before, particularly about the folly of employing it as a safety strategy, so I won’t spend too much time going over old ground. One of my main concerns about the ‘Safety … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Safety, Safety In Numbers, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport for London | 6 Comments

Adapting to the environment, or changing it

For good or ill, the injuries suffered last week by our first ever Tour de France winner and his coach, in separate incidents on consecutive days, have put the issue of cycling, and cycling safety, in the media spotlight. I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Car dependence, Cycling policy, Helmets, Infrastructure, LCC, Pedestrianisation, Road safety, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport policy | 11 Comments

Should we employ children as transport planners?

In Mikael Colville-Andersen‘s talk at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Bikeminded event last month, he described how he had asked the children at the school his son attends to redesign a roundabout near the school. The results were … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Car dependence, Infrastructure, The Netherlands, Transport policy | 16 Comments

Another Transport for London consultation – the A24 in Morden

As you are no doubt well aware, Transport for London are carrying out a series of consultations on improvements to the most dangerous junctions on their network. There have only been a handful published so far, of which the Waterloo … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Go Dutch, Hierarchy of Provision, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Smoothing traffic flow, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 23 Comments