Monthly Archives: November 2014

The DfT and their car traffic forecasts

This graph, from the Department for Transport’s 2013 Road Transport Forecasts (which summarises the results from their National Transport Model) has been doing the rounds on social media this week. It shows that the amount of distance we are travelling by car, … Continue reading

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Stopping the march of the Advanced Stop Line

It’s noteworthy that the North-South and East-West Superhighway schemes, which (while not perfect by any means) are the most ambitious and inclusive designs for cycling currently on the table in Britain, barely use any Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) on the … Continue reading

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How Britain solves a school run problem

‘Road safety week’ concluded last week; appropriately, I thought I’d share a small story of how boggling backward Britain is when it comes to prioritising walking and cycling in urban areas, and how we deal in such a peculiar way … Continue reading

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A lack of Goodwill

Back in 2012, the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain received a letter from Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport. It contained the following passages. With reference to the Netherlands and Denmark, McLoughlin wrote We do not place the … Continue reading

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Why don’t ‘urban realm improvements’ incorporate cycling?

This week Transport for London have been tweeting pictures of proposed station improvements, connected to Crossrail upgrades. I’ve been struck – as have many others – by the way these designs appear to involve polishing a turd, and also by the way … Continue reading

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Bypassing the bypass

The reduction of motor traffic in British towns and villages is not a particularly alien concept. Throughout the latter part of the twentieth century, the bypass became an increasingly familiar, and often contested, way of reducing the effects motor vehicles … Continue reading

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Squeezing out cycling with two-tier provision

The Frideswide Square redevelopment in Oxford has got me thinking (again) about the ways in which current road design – even in places with relatively high levels of cycling use – continue to treat cycling as a mode of transport … Continue reading

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In yesterday’s BBC Sunday Politics piece on the Superhighways, presenter Tim Donovan repeated, in the form of a question, the City of London’s statement that the proposals are ‘heavily biased’ towards cycling and cyclists (that comment appears three times in this City … Continue reading

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My response to Hackney’s Draft Cycling Plan, 2014-24

Hackney’s Cycling Plan has the (admirable) stated aim – To make Hackney’s roads the most attractive and safest roads for cycling in the UK, and a place where it is second nature for everyone, no matter what their age, background … Continue reading

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Headway’s Brick Wall

I really, really wish I didn’t have to write another ‘helmet’ post ever again, but the Headway brain injury association have made me. Thanks very much. Here’s what they’ve done. They’ve responded to Chris Boardman’s appearance on BBC Breakfast with … Continue reading

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