Author Archives: aseasyasriding

A rebuilt gyratory that is still putting people in danger

The gyratory system around Victoria station in Westminster has been a genuinely horrible place to cycle for as long as I can remember. Getting to and from the station, or cycling past it, involves dealing with multiple lanes of one-way … Continue reading

Posted in Gyratories, Infrastructure, London, Pinch points, Sustainable Safety | 8 Comments

Instead of blaming individuals, fix the system

Doubtless many of you will have seen this video of a ‘near miss’ on the A38 in Bromsgrove, in which a child narrowly escapes serious injury, thanks to the quick reactions of a driver – a fireman, Robert Allen. I … Continue reading

Posted in Safety, Subjective safety, Underpass | 17 Comments

You don’t solve design problems with bells

There’s recently been some silly-season noise about making the use of bells compulsory in our newspaper of record, The Times. Frothing gibberish on Page 3 of The Times today. Remember when this paper took cycling safety seriously? pic.twitter.com/iemsfa2seJ — Mark … Continue reading

Posted in Inclusivity, Infrastructure, Social safety, Subjective safety, Walking | 21 Comments

Westminster Bridge bus stop bypass, revisited

In case you had forgotten, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust spent over £10,000 of NHS funding in an attempt to prevent ‘floating’ bus stops being built on Westminster Bridge (a detail uncovered by Tom Kearney). This was part of an … Continue reading

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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 | 8 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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