Author Archives: aseasyasriding

Propensity to Cycle, and the importance of main roads

The National Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT) is a powerful planning tool which shows existing commuting cycling trips (based on mapping the 2011 census), and then uses that data to illustrate where the main cycle flows are, or should be, and … Continue reading

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A tale of two cities

I was in Leicester last week and (briefly) managed to look again at some of the cycling infrastructure the city has been building recently. There is an impressive-looking cycleway, complete with bus stop bypass, on Welford Road. Like other new … Continue reading

Posted in Department for Transport, Infrastructure, London, The Netherlands | 28 Comments

Would you design a road like that?

A few recent examples of dreadful cycling infrastructure design in Britain all seem to have something in common. They’ve been built in ways that we would never design a road for motor vehicles. We wouldn’t build a road for motor … Continue reading

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Hooligans

There’s a very good piece by David Aaronovitch in the Times (£) on how the Hillsborough disaster shouldn’t be seen purely as a result of police incompetence and negligence, but instead as the product of wider institutional failure and prejudice. Aaronovitch … Continue reading

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Lazy, antagonistic rubbish – the BBC’s flagship news programme tackles cycling safety

There was an extraordinary report on cycling safety on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning (2:49:00 onwards). I say ‘extraordinary’, because it failed to focus on any sensible solutions to the problem, and instead devoted the bulk of the report to the … Continue reading

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Selling cycling

The biggest barrier to cycling uptake is the physical environment. Survey after survey, study after study, shows that it is road danger – and in particular, the unwillingness to share roads with motor traffic – that prevents people from cycling. … Continue reading

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A trip along Quietway 1

Last month I was kindly escorted along Quietway 1 by Sustrans, to take a look at the route – which was still under construction in a number of places at the time. The route runs from Waterloo to Greenwich, and … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, Quietways, Sustrans, Transport for London | 31 Comments

The RNIB, and why it’s irrelevant where a ‘Superhighway’ actually goes

A couple of months ago I wrote about the difficulties that have been created for cycling in London by the unhelpful use of ‘Superhighway’ and ‘Quietway’ terminology. That post looked at how the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling gave the impression … Continue reading

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A failure of understanding

As odd as it may seem to British people, surveys of Dutch citizens that ask them why they choose to cycle for the trips they make very rarely find them mentioning ‘cycling infrastructure’ as a reason for doing so – be … Continue reading

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Don’t confuse vociferous opposition with public opinion

It’s fundamentally important to bear in mind that the (sometimes vociferous) opposition to cycling infrastructure does not in any way represent mainstream attitudes and opinions. The vast majority of the British public are open to persuasion on cycling infrastructure; they … Continue reading

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