Author Archives: aseasyasriding

In the way

What is it about cycling in front of motor vehicles that makes for an unpleasant experience? This is a pertinent question in the light of a number of related issues – principally, how we should go about designing for cycling … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Shared Space, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 23 Comments

A timely reminder from Thames Valley Police

The tired stereotype that ‘cyclists’ are especially prone to lawbreaking really isn’t going to go away if public bodies like police forces persist in employing it. Take this today from Thames Valley Police’s Roads Policing Twitter account – Remember cyclists must … Continue reading

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Total inconsistency from the Royal Parks

edI can’t really add much to Cyclists in the City’s excellent and thorough analysis of the problems facing the East-West Superhighway route through the Royal Parks – problems, it seems, that are entirely being caused by the Royal Parks themselves, as … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Evening Standard, Infrastructure, London, Royal Parks, Superhighways, Walking | 17 Comments

Marginal gains

There was a anair bit of discussion last week about the value – or lack of value – of promotional marketing campaigns related to cycling. On the one hand, we had the view that any kind of policy, promotional or otherwise, that … Continue reading

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Sharing and caring

The website The American Conservative has published a deeply, deeply confused piece about road design, apparently inspired by the announcement the cycle ‘Superhighways’ in London will be going ahead. The tone is set in the opening paragraphs.  Jacobs eventually prevailed, protecting … Continue reading

Posted in Shared Space | 18 Comments


Last year, Stop the Killing held a protest at Elephant and Castle following the death of Abdelkhalak Lahyani, who had been killed in a collision with a left-turning HGV at the junction shown in the photograph below. Both he and the … Continue reading

Posted in Elephant and Castle, Infrastructure, London, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 5 Comments

Do you have a problem with ‘fast’ cyclists, or with bad design?

Fast cyclists, eh. Whizzing around; speeding through; belting around corners; appearing out of nowhere; tearing along. At twenty miles an hour, even. Sometimes. Twenty miles an hour. Hang on. Twenty miles an hour? Twenty miles an hour? Isn’t that the … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, The Netherlands | 36 Comments

Taking responsibility for social safety

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, iniichael Dugher, gave an interview with the Mirror in December, which attracted a fair bit of attention, principally because it resembles a transparent attempt to court the ‘motorist vote’ (whatever that may be) – presenting Labour … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Infrastructure, Social safety, The Netherlands, Transport policy, Walking | 13 Comments

Space for cycling, Dutch-style

I follow the Amsterdam-based photographer Thomas Schlijper on Twitter, mainly for his excellent photographs of street life, and cycling in particular. He’s well worth a follow. This photograph of his, from a few weeks ago, caught my attention. It shows … Continue reading

Posted in Space for Cycling, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 27 Comments

Thinking outside the box

Urban Design London have recently released some new guidance (in draft form), entitled the ‘Slow Streets Sourcebook: designing for 20mph streets’. This manual – like other ones I have commented on recently – has revealing design recommendations for ‘cyclists’. These are the kinds of … Continue reading

Posted in History, London, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Transport policy | 15 Comments