Author Archives: aseasyasriding

Complacency

The Netherlands is a wonderful country to cycle around, with a dense cycle network made up of motor traffic-free paths, low motor traffic access roads, and protected cycleways, all of which allow you to make door-to-door journeys in complete comfort … Continue reading

Posted in placefaking, Safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 6 Comments

From the specific to the general

Imagine a grim, appalling, but unfortunately all-too-common scenario. A primary school is under attack from a deranged gunman. Shots have been fired, and the gunman stalks the school corridors, looking for children to kill. In one of the classrooms, a … Continue reading

Posted in Helmets | 26 Comments

Putting inclusive cycling first in new infrastructure design

Between 2013 and 2015, a section of the bypass skirting the town of Horsham was widened from four lanes to eight lanes, to incorporate a system of slip roads for access to a new development. This meant that the bridge … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Inclusivity, Infrastructure, West Sussex County Council | 13 Comments

A Waste of Space

In London yesterday evening, I approached Parliament Square along the cycleway at Great George Street. In front of me was perhaps the classic stereotypical scene shared by taxi drivers, and other people hostile to new cycling infrastructure in London (and … Continue reading

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A spontaneous cycle trip from Rotterdam to Delft

BicycleDutch’s post yesterday about his unexpected 55km cycling journey reminded me that I had also made an unplanned cycle trip in the Netherlands, due to a railway being out of action. Unlike his journey, however – which was long, and in … Continue reading

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Strategic

What does the word ‘strategic’ mean? Identifying long-term aims and interests – and working out how to achieve them. That sounds quite sensible, doesn’t it? Who could argue with that? Yet I found myself having to look the word up, … Continue reading

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Why so angry

Take a look at this short video [language warning]. It’s a woman attempting to cycle along Upper Thames Street, and having to come to a stop as two HGVs barrel past her, at speed. You can actually hear the fear … Continue reading

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Sustainable Safety and ‘Shared Space’

There was a bit of back-and-forth on social media last week on the subject of Exhibition Road, involving – in particular – the Conservative councillor Daniel Moylan, who had a major role in pushing the ‘shared space’ scheme through. One … Continue reading

Posted in David Hembrow, mutual respect, Pedestrianisation, placemaking, Shared Space, Sustainable Safety | 25 Comments

Dynamo lighting on a Dutch bike

The end of October – and the clocks going back – is the traditional time for ‘road safety campaigns’ to start reminding people to get lights for their bike, or to make sure they’re fitted. In my view a large … Continue reading

Posted in Dutch bike, Lights, Omafiets | 42 Comments

An open letter to Lord Adonis

Dear Lord Adonis, I write regarding your recent comments on social media regarding the cycling infrastructure around Parliament Square. MORE cyclists on main carriageway now than the segregated cycle route – so what's the point of all that spending on … Continue reading

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