Category Archives: Department for Transport

Right and wrong solutions to urban congestion

When I arrived in St Albans on a Saturday morning earlier this month, I encountered a long, completely static queue of motor vehicles. It turned out they were all waiting to enter the Christopher Place car park in the city … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Congestion, Department for Transport | 19 Comments

Going bi-directional

The best of the new cycling infrastructure in London is almost entirely composed of bi-directional cycleways, placed on one side of the road. This includes pretty much the entirety of CS3 and CS6 – the former running from Parliament Square to … Continue reading

Posted in Department for Transport, Infrastructure, London, The Netherlands | 36 Comments

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 | 30 Comments

Toucan Play That Game – Let’s not make the mistake of continuing to lump pedestrians and cyclists together

A new style ‘zebra’ crossing with a cycle crossing bolted onto it is in place in Bexley. This is a trial version of this new type of crossing, which is proposed in the Department for Transport’s consultation on TSRGD 2015 [pdf] – … Continue reading

Posted in Department for Transport, Infrastructure, The Netherlands, Zebra crossings | 26 Comments

As if we didn’t already know, a cycling revolution won’t happen by itself

There is a curious opinion that often manifests itself in government and in councils – that a serious commitment to cycling as a mode of transport in its own right can’t be made, precisely because very few journeys are currently … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Department for Transport, Infrastructure, London, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport policy | 38 Comments

Norman Baker playing with statistics again

Last year Norman Baker – sitting alongside ex-road safety minister Mike Penning – told the Transport Select Committee that Britain has a better safety record for cycling than the Netherlands, because fewer people, per 100,000 of the population, die cycling … Continue reading

Posted in Department for Transport, Norman Baker, Statistics, The Netherlands | 19 Comments

Accessibility versus amenity – how the bicycle can solve the dilemma

Yesterday I gave a brief presentation at a Town Centre Opportunities event in London; the theme of the conference was on revitalising urban space and keeping ‘The High Street’ thriving. I was invited to talk in a supposedly provocative capacity, … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Department for Transport, Infrastructure, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Subjective safety, Sustrans, The Netherlands, Town planning, Transport policy | 14 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

Britain’s exclusionary roads and streets

A recent news item from Epping should come as no surprise to anyone who understands the reasons why people don’t cycle in Britain. A head teacher has moved to explain changes to plans for the first new school the district … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cycling policy, Cycling renaissance, Department for Transport, Infrastructure, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Uncategorized | 35 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