Category Archives: Permeability

Secured by Design – ACPO’s blanket recommendation against permeability

I’ve been meaning to write a few words about ‘Secured by Design’, which is a national police project focused on reducing crime through the design of buildings and the built environment. Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is owned by … Continue reading

Posted in ACPO, Permeability, Police, Secured by Design, Social safety, The Netherlands | 33 Comments

Dealing with a historical failure to consider cycling

Way back in the 1970s, Horsham built a stub of inner ring-road, a dual carriageway that was later extended in two stages to (almost) encircle the town centre. It’s called Albion Way. It involved almost entirely demolishing a church… and … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Infrastructure, One-way streets, Pedestrianisation, Permeability, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 18 Comments

The Central London Grid

The deadline for responses to the consultation on Transport for London’s Central London Grid is this Friday. Both London Cycling Campaign and Rachel Aldred have provided detailed responses, which I recommend you read; I thought I’d add some comments of … Continue reading

Posted in City of London, London, Permeability, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 14 Comments

Not culture, not history – physical change

I was struck by two details from yesterday’s blogpost by Mark Wagenbuur, about early protests for child-friendly streets in Amsterdam in the 1970s – details that highlight the importance of the quality of the physical environment for enabling cycling, over … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Infrastructure, Permeability, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 52 Comments

What is ‘clutter’?

Eric Pickles was in the news again yesterday with his fourth pronouncement – within a matter of weeks – on car parking. It comes ahead of some new Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) guidance that will, apparently, aim … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Bollards, Car dependence, Eric Pickles, Horsham, Infrastructure, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Permeability, Shared Space | 22 Comments


After writing recently about gryatories and one-way systems – and how they can actually be beneficial for cycling, if applied judiciously – I thought I’d turn my attention to another piece of much-maligned urban infrastructure, the humble bollard. Frequently impugned … Continue reading

Posted in Bollards, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Permeability, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 7 Comments