Category Archives: Gyratories

A rebuilt gyratory that is still putting people in danger

The gyratory system around Victoria station in Westminster has been a genuinely horrible place to cycle for as long as I can remember. Getting to and from the station, or cycling past it, involves dealing with multiple lanes of one-way … Continue reading

Posted in Gyratories, Infrastructure, London, Pinch points, Sustainable Safety | 8 Comments

The steps

There is a small entrance to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, from St Giles’. It brings you into the grand central courtyard from the east, through a corridor in the building, rather than via the direct and obvious entrance from the … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Guardrail, Gyratories, Horsham, Infrastructure, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Walking | 26 Comments

Resistance to change

Towards the end of the Ranty Highwayman’s excellent summary of a recent Institution of Civil Engineer’s lecture in London about cycling infrastructure, he makes an interesting observation, based on the two talks given by TfL staff during the evening – … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Bow Roundabout, Car dependence, Go Dutch, Gyratories, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Space for Cycling, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 11 Comments

Leon Daniels and ‘knee-jerk reactions’

In the wake of the latest cycling death in London, the head of Transport for London’s Surface Transport, Leon Daniels, told BBC News I think it’s very important we don’t have too much of a knee jerk reaction. Of course, … Continue reading

Posted in Go Dutch, Gyratories, Infrastructure, London, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 43 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

A failure at Aldgate

I recently attended the first seminar in a new LCC Policy series, at which the Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan addressed an audience of about a hundred people, discussing in detail the future plans for cycling in London. Gilligan made it … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Boris Johnson, Gyratories, Infrastructure, Junction Review, LCC, London, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 8 Comments

In praise of gyratories (and one-way systems) – why more of them could be the answer

If you say the word ‘gyratory’ to anyone who cycles regularly around cities or large towns in Britain, they’ll probably shiver involuntarily and start to sweat a little. In their mind, they will almost certainly be picturing  scenes like this … Continue reading

Posted in Bus lanes, Go Dutch, Gyratories, Infrastructure, LCC, London, One-way streets, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Town planning, Transport for London | 16 Comments