Category Archives: Cycle Superhighways

Cycling privilege

One particularly puzzling aspect of attitudes to cycling in Britain is how this simple mode of transport is seen (or misrepresented) as being elitist, or exclusive, in some way, shape or form. Whether it’s the claim that it’s male-dominated, or white, or … Continue reading

Posted in Cycle Superhighways, Infrastructure, Mobility | 31 Comments

A visit to Superhighway 2

The upgrade of Superhighway 2 has been generating some publicity (bad publicity), and this week I managed to head out to Whitechapel (and indeed along the route to Bow roundabout, and back again) to have a look at it. The … Continue reading

Posted in Cycle Superhighways, Infrastructure, London, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 18 Comments

Going round in circles on Stratford High Street

Transport for London have created a video to explain how you turn right on a bicycle at major junctions on the Superhighway 2 Extension on Stratford High Street. It is described as a ‘two stage right turn’, but in reality … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Cycle Superhighways, Cycling policy, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 26 Comments

Stop thinking about ‘cyclists’, start thinking about people on bikes

I attended the City of London’s Cycling Forum last week, where the main items of discussion were the proposed plans for the Aldgate gyratory, and the City’s plans for cycle routes in the City of London. As it turned out, … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Boris Johnson, Cycle Superhighways, Cycling policy, Go Dutch, Gyratories, Helmets, Infrastructure, London, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 17 Comments

Sustrans’ “Connect London”

There was some excellent news over the weekend, with the opening of the Two Tunnels route in Bath. The huge turnout, with people bikes and on foot eager to use this excellent new route into the centre of Bath, demonstrates … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Cycle Superhighways, Cycling in parks, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Subjective safety, Sustrans, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 8 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

Bow Roundabout

Having some spare time in London yesterday, I went over to Bow to see how the new junction design on the roundabout is working. The Superhighway (CS2) on the approach to the roundabout is deeply unimpressive. Blocked intermittently with queuing … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bow Roundabout, Cycle Superhighways, LCC, London, The Netherlands | 54 Comments

Love London, Go Danish? Or even Go Bow?

This is the final post in a series on LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign – the previous three are here, here and here I am not especially precious about the form of infrastructure that might be put in place on London’s streets … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bow Roundabout, Cycle Superhighways, David Hembrow, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Strict liability, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 34 Comments

‘Safe, direct and continuous’

London’s Cycle Superhighways are frequently referred to as ‘safe, direct and continuous.’ This was, for instance, the wording used in the Mayor’s Cycling Revolution document from May 2010 – London’s Cycle Superhighways will provide cyclists with safe, direct, continuous, well marked and … Continue reading

Posted in Cycle Superhighways, Infrastructure, London, Parking, Road safety, Smoothing traffic flow, Transport for London | 4 Comments

How ‘smoothing traffic flow’ is needlessly causing death and serious injury

I am indebted to Olaf Storbeck of Cycling Intelligence for the background to this post. He has published an open letter, written to Camden’s Culture & Environment Scrutiny Committee, by Kenji Hirasawa, the boyriend of Deep Lee, the young woman killed … Continue reading

Posted in ASL Abuse, Boris Johnson, Car dependence, Cycle Superhighways, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Road safety, The Netherlands, Town planning, Transport for London, Uncategorized | 14 Comments