Category Archives: Cyclists’ Touring Club

Visibility in context

The winter is of course the period of the year when people riding bikes get urged to ‘lighten up’ and to make themselves visible. It is easy to lose count of the number of articles and police campaigns on the … Continue reading

Posted in Cyclists' Touring Club, Lights, Road safety, The Netherlands | 41 Comments

What ‘robocars’ tell us about British cycle campaigning

There was a flurry of discussion at the end of last week about what the emergence of ‘robocars’ – shorthand for cars that automatically drive themselves, without any human input – might mean for how we design for cycling, prompted … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Cyclists' Touring Club, David Hembrow, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, Robocars, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 44 Comments

The AGM of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain

Just over two years ago, around 40 people gathered in a cafe in central London. The meeting, which had arisen organically and informally out of discussion on a number of blogs, involved the founding the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain. … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cyclists' Touring Club, Go Dutch, Hierarchy of Provision, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Subjective safety, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport for London | 6 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

The ‘Safety in Numbers’ delusion refuses to die

Having just written a fairly lengthy analysis of the problems with (and outright myths behind) the ‘Safety in Numbers’ theory, I find that the Times, under the auspices of their Cities Fit For Cycling Campaign, have just published an interview with the … Continue reading

Posted in Cyclists' Touring Club, Infrastructure, Road safety, Safety In Numbers, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign | 34 Comments

An argument that has been heard before

Mark Wagenbuur, of Bicycle Dutch, has provided us with an excellent translation of a Dutch newspaper article from 1935 on cycle paths and their construction. It’s very much worth reading in full, but one of the arguments made in that … Continue reading

Posted in Cyclists' Touring Club, History, Infrastructure, The Netherlands, Transport policy | 6 Comments