Category Archives: Infrastructure

The importance of centre line markings on two-way cycleways

As a general rule, cycleways in urban areas in the Netherlands are marked distinctively. If they are two-way, they will have a dashed centre line. If they are one-way, that centre line will obviously be absent. I think this is … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, The Netherlands | 21 Comments

Asking the wrong questions

At the weekend I went along to the Cyclenation/Cycling UK Campaigners Conference in St Albans, where I was one of many people making presentations to a large audience. My one was on Sustainable Safety, and afterwards I chatted briefly to … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Helmets, Infrastructure, Sustainable Safety | 24 Comments

Network

Imagine if your town or city had just one suitable driving route across it, or just one suitable walking route – a line drawn on a map from A to B. How many trips would be driven, or walked, in … Continue reading

Posted in Delft, Infrastructure, London | 7 Comments

The Dutch supermarket

Pedalling into the Dutch city of Delft last Tuesday I went past a branch of Albert Heijn, which is (approximately) the Dutch version of Waitrose – or at least, a supermarket at the slightly higher end of the Dutch price … Continue reading

Posted in Delft, Infrastructure, Supermarkets, The Netherlands, Town planning | 43 Comments

Plumbing the tabloid depths

In the wake of the Daily Mail publishing a series of photographs of cycleways with nobody using them at the moment the photograph was taken, and asserting that those cycleways are therefore ‘lunacy’ (apparently in the belief that doing so is any … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Journalism, London | 13 Comments

Doubling up

Queuing might be a word with a French origin, but the British have a reputation for it, particularly for doing it in an orderly fashion. But our passion for queuing is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively recent development, arising out of industrialisation … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, Uncategorized | 37 Comments

New cycling infrastructure, repeating the mistakes of the past

Last week a group of tireless cycling campaigners in West Sussex organised a Cycling Summit, attended by councillors, officers and influential people within the county, to hear presentations on the importance of cycling and cycling infrastructure from Rachel Aldred, Phil … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigning, Infrastructure, West Sussex County Council | 21 Comments

Problem with ‘pavement cycling’? Blame the council

This tweet from Thames Valley Police in Windsor has attracted a fair amount of derision. Out on #MaidenheadRoad enforcing cycling restrictions #cyclesafe #C6963 #C8005 pic.twitter.com/82c2HMSy0b — TVP Windsor (@TVP_Windsor) September 28, 2016 Principally because what the police are ‘enforcing’ is, … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Pavement cycling, Police | 15 Comments

The helmet on the handlebars

At the FreeCycle event in central London on Saturday, there were, of course, large numbers of people wearing helmets and hi-viz tabards – not least because the latter were, as always, being handed out to participants. But as I cycled … Continue reading

Posted in Helmets, Infrastructure, Subjective safety | 30 Comments

Why they hate you

A consistent theme that you will encounter in campaigning circles – and indeed amongst the wider public – is that British people ‘hate cyclists’, or ‘hate cycling’. The explanation here must be that there is something genetic, something innate in … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 39 Comments