Category Archives: Safety In Numbers

‘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

‘Safety in Numbers’ dismissed as a strategy by London Assembly report

I’ve written extensively about the ‘Safety in Numbers’ effect before, particularly about the folly of employing it as a safety strategy, so I won’t spend too much time going over old ground. One of my main concerns about the ‘Safety … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Safety, Safety In Numbers, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport for London | 6 Comments

The ‘Safety in Numbers’ delusion refuses to die

Having just written a fairly lengthy analysis of the problems with (and outright myths behind) the ‘Safety in Numbers’ theory, I find that the Times, under the auspices of their Cities Fit For Cycling Campaign, have just published an interview with the … Continue reading

Posted in Cyclists' Touring Club, Infrastructure, Road safety, Safety In Numbers, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign | 34 Comments

Swimming with sharks – the truth about Safety In Numbers

You knew it was dangerous. But you let people go swimming anyway. Let us imagine a situation on a holiday resort island – call it ‘Amity Island’ – which is subject to increasing numbers of shark attacks on its numerous … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, Safety In Numbers, The Netherlands | 38 Comments

The pernicious logic of ‘safety in numbers’

The recent announcement of a 13% rise [pdf] in cyclist casualties (Killed or Seriously Injured – KSIs) in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, is unfortunately only further evidence of an increasingly sharp upward trend in cycling … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Cycling policy, Infrastructure, Promotion, Safety In Numbers, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport policy | 35 Comments

Love London, Go Dutch – Safety In Numbers?

Yesterday I wrote about a potential area of weakness in London Cycling Campaign’s Go Dutch strategy; the principal objection was that in maintaining that cyclists should still be able to choose whether or not they use the road, or cycle tracks, … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Safety In Numbers, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 15 Comments

‘A very safe activity’

David Hembrow has recently posted a piece about a family in Cambridge who are considering giving up cycling – this after a nasty incident on a roundabout, in which a van struck the mother’s bakfiets, with her baby in it. … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Cycling policy, Cycling renaissance, Infrastructure, Road safety, Safety In Numbers | 23 Comments

‘Safety In Numbers’? Or ‘Numbers from Safety’?

The CTC – among others – are quite keen on the ‘Safety In Numbers’ effect. A couple of years ago, they produced a pdf on it. It contains this graph, showing an attractive correlation between the cyclist death rate, and the … Continue reading

Posted in CTC, Cycle Superhighways, Road safety, Safety In Numbers, The Netherlands | 15 Comments