Category Archives: History

Thinking outside the box

Urban Design London have recently released some new guidance (in draft form), entitled the ‘Slow Streets Sourcebook: designing for 20mph streets’. This manual – like other ones I have commented on recently – has revealing design recommendations for ‘cyclists’. These are the kinds of … Continue reading

Posted in History, London, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Transport policy | 16 Comments

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

‘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

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

A punishment for a motorist

A small news article from The Times of 19th March, 1935 – DRIVING LICENCE SUSPENDED FOR LIFE FREDERICK BRIGHT ROBINSON, 33, engineer, of Oaklands Drive, Weybridge, was at the South-Western Police Court yesterday fined £100 and his licence was suspended … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous driving, Drink driving, Driving ban, History | 4 Comments