Category Archives: Infrastructure

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

You don’t solve design problems with bells

There’s recently been some silly-season noise about making the use of bells compulsory in our newspaper of record, The Times. Frothing gibberish on Page 3 of The Times today. Remember when this paper took cycling safety seriously? pic.twitter.com/iemsfa2seJ — Mark … Continue reading

Posted in Inclusivity, Infrastructure, Social safety, Subjective safety, Walking | 21 Comments

Putting inclusive cycling first in new infrastructure design

Between 2013 and 2015, a section of the bypass skirting the town of Horsham was widened from four lanes to eight lanes, to incorporate a system of slip roads for access to a new development. This meant that the bridge … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Inclusivity, Infrastructure, West Sussex County Council | 13 Comments

London’s enormous cycling potential

Back in 2010, Transport for London published an Analysis of Cycling Potential. – an assessment of many trips could be cycled by Londoners, but weren’t being cycled now. It was quite a conservative analysis (as will be described below) but … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Transport for London | 17 Comments

Squeezing out walking and cycling for a few extra car parking spaces – local planning in action

Why do we want people to walk and cycle for short trips, instead of driving? One of the main reasons, of course, is public health. If we cycled as much as the Dutch and the Danes in urban areas, figures … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Parking, Town planning, Walking, West Sussex County Council | 15 Comments

Getting side roads right

A bit of a picture post this one. Below are twenty photographs of cycleways crossing side roads, all from my week in the Netherlands earlier this month. In order, they are in Delft, Gouda, Den Bosch, Nijmegen, Arnhem and Amsterdam. … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Mini Holland, Priority, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 20 Comments

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