Category Archives: London

Inconsistency

Why is it that cycling is regarded as a serious potential risk in ways that motor traffic travelling at greater speeds (and with much greater momentum) is not? Part of the explanation must lie in the fact that we have lived … Continue reading

Posted in London, Royal Parks, Safety, Sustainable Safety, Walking | 19 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

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

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

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

Space for mobility

One of the most remarkable things about the new cycling infrastructure in London is not just the numbers of people using it, already, but the way it is being used spontaneously, by a wide range of users. Not just by tourists … Continue reading

Posted in Inclusivity, Infrastructure, London | 23 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

A trip along Quietway 1

Last month I was kindly escorted along Quietway 1 by Sustrans, to take a look at the route – which was still under construction in a number of places at the time. The route runs from Waterloo to Greenwich, and … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, Quietways, Sustrans, Transport for London | 36 Comments

A failure of understanding

As odd as it may seem to British people, surveys of Dutch citizens that ask them why they choose to cycle for the trips they make very rarely find them mentioning ‘cycling infrastructure’ as a reason for doing so – be … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, The Netherlands | 40 Comments