Author Archives: aseasyasriding

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

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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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Superhighway users dodging infrastructure to avoid traffic lights

There’s a problem on the Superhighway in central London. Users are dodging the infrastructure that was created specifically from them (and to keep them safe), simply in order to avoid traffic lights. It’s an all too common problem – should we … Continue reading

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The problematic philosophy of ‘shared use’ footways

An old post from Joe Dunkley that resurfaced yesterday in the wake of some comments about Christopher Chope – a former transport minister in the Thatcher government and helmet law enthusiast – has prompted me to reflect on some of … Continue reading

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Removing separation between walking and cycling does not reduce conflict

The Royal Parks agency in London has a bit of an issue with cycling. The actions it takes – whether it’s adding cobbled speed humps to popular cycling routes in Hyde Park, or attempting to remove a popular cycle route … Continue reading

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Punishment

A few days ago, I was descending a hill towards a t-junction – a hill steep enough for me to be cycling at over 20mph. I could see a queue of ten or so cars already waiting at the junction … Continue reading

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The makings of a successful cycle street

The ‘cycle street’ concept is a familiar one to cycle campaigners – a street where, it is claimed, cycling has priority, and ‘cars are guests’, sometimes with added rules about ‘no overtaking’. I think it’s easy for British campaigners to … Continue reading

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Fighting over scraps

This week, it’s evidently the turn of ‘the joggists’ to be the folk devil in the media, helpfully standing in for ‘the cyclists’ who traditionally take on this popular and coveted role. One isolated incident, in which a man committed what … Continue reading

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