Monthly Archives: December 2013

Not dangerous

In 2013, we’ve heard a lot about the dangers of cycling. So, as the year comes to end, it’s time for a brief reminder of some things that aren’t dangerous. Riding a bike without a helmet is not dangerous. Riding … Continue reading

Posted in Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 103 Comments

Some statistics from the latest Travel in London Report

Transport for London’s latest Travel in London report was released just before Christmas, and, as always, it is packed full of statistics. One of the most telling graphs comes early in the report – The distance travelled by motor vehicle has … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Road safety, Transport for London | 15 Comments

How failure to design properly makes death more likely

Back in late 2011, I wrote a post about how the TfL policy of ‘smoothing traffic flow’ is antithetical to the creation of space for cycling. Creating ‘smooth flow’ means attempting to push as many motor vehicles through a green … Continue reading

Posted in HGVs, Infrastructure, London, Safety, Space for Cycling, Transport for London | 10 Comments

The Nag’s Head scheme – are TfL paying any attention at all?

On 6th August 2011, Samuel Harding was killed on Holloway Road in north London. As he passed a parked car, the driver opened his door without checking, striking him, and sending him into the path of a passing bus, which … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Infrastructure, London, Space for Cycling, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 44 Comments

Not culture, not history – physical change

I was struck by two details from yesterday’s blogpost by Mark Wagenbuur, about early protests for child-friendly streets in Amsterdam in the 1970s – details that highlight the importance of the quality of the physical environment for enabling cycling, over … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Infrastructure, Permeability, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 52 Comments

The opinions of a TfL board member

A question from TfL board member Eva Lindholm at today’s board meeting. Posted without comment. Something struck me when I was reading [item] 2.2 on cycling accidents. Now this may be more of a philosophical point, and not fit for … Continue reading

Posted in Stereotyping, Transport for London | 63 Comments

How about you just don’t injure me?

Spotted in a local newspaper – I remember a debate on cycling helmets. People were writing to the Times newspaper stating that, statistically, helmets were not effective in the reduction of injuries. And then one correspondent cut through all the crap … Continue reading

Posted in Helmets | 40 Comments

The difference between walking and cycling safety

At the end of my last post about ‘dangerising’, I mused about why, despite the presence of many pedestrians – and speeches from pedestrian campaigners – at the Die In last Friday, nobody appeared to voice any concern that people … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Walking | 29 Comments


The subject of ‘dangerisation’ – the idea that we are discouraging people who might be tempted cycle in London from doing so by talking about danger and safety – is back on the agenda, following the ‘Die In’ outside TfL … Continue reading

Posted in HGVs, Infrastructure, London, Safety, Subjective safety, The media, Transport for London, Walking | 22 Comments