Category Archives: CTC

Pointless infighting

I spent an interesting hour or so yesterday discussing cycling in London, and the potential implications of the new strategy appearing from Transport for London, with Jack Thurston of the Bike Show, Bill Chidley, and Trevor Parsons of Hackney Cycling … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cycling policy, Hackney, Hierarchy of Provision, History, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Promotion, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 10 Comments

Why the Hierarchy of Provision is doomed

The street pictured above is Blackfriars Road in London, looking north towards Southwark tube station. The illuminated tall building on the right is Transport for London’s headquarters, Palestra House. As you can see, the road is rather wide. At a … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Boris Johnson, CTC, Cycling policy, Department for Transport, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 18 Comments

‘No surrender’ – the damaging, enduring legacy of the 1930s in British cycle campaigning

The notion of providing a separate, dedicated space for people on bikes, away from motor vehicles, continues to be met with opposition of a particular form. I am not talking here about pragmatic opposition; the kind of opposition which tends … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cyclists' Touring Club, Go Dutch, Hierarchy of Provision, History, Infrastructure, LCC, Road safety, Safety In Numbers, Shared Space, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 88 Comments

Up, down and around the Hierarchy of Provision

The Hierarchy of Provision – the official approach to improving roads and streets with the aim of enabling and encouraging cycling – has come in for a fair bit of stick recently, from a variety of sources, including this blog. … Continue reading

Posted in Brighton, CTC, Cycling policy, Go Dutch, Hierarchy of Provision, Infrastructure, LCC, London, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 10 Comments

How sincere is the CTC’s support for quality segregation?

NOTE – This piece makes much the same points as this earlier one by the Alternative Department for Transport. That post is well worth reading; I hope this one isn’t too repetitive Earlier this month the CTC published a news … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, CTC, Cycle Superhighways, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Department for Transport, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 1 Comment

Priority of cycle tracks across side roads

In summarising the results of their recently-conducted survey into the opinions of both members and non-members into varying types of cycling infrastructure, the CTC had this to say on the particular matter of cycle tracks – Respondents were offered a set … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Department for Transport, Infrastructure, London, Priority, Road safety, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 51 Comments

‘A very safe activity’

David Hembrow has recently posted a piece about a family in Cambridge who are considering giving up cycling – this after a nasty incident on a roundabout, in which a van struck the mother’s bakfiets, with her baby in it. … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Cycling policy, Cycling renaissance, Infrastructure, Road safety, Safety In Numbers | 23 Comments

Time to get angry

I can’t think of a better illustration of the CTC’s preoccupation with appearance over substance than the comments from Chris Peck, their policy co-ordinator, that appear in this Guardian article about ghost bikes. Despite their eerie poignancy, some cycling campaigners … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, CTC, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Road safety, Transport for London | 16 Comments

Fantasy cycling targets

Both David Arditti, and Freewheeler of Crap Waltham Forest, have recently blogged about the National Cycling Strategy, published in 1996 by the Department for Transport. This document set a target of quadrupling national cycling levels by 2012, based on a … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Cycling policy, Cycling renaissance, Department for Transport, Targets, Uncategorized, West Sussex County Council, WSCC LTP | 4 Comments