Category Archives: Street closures

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 | 16 Comments

Don’t misunderstand the Fietsstraat

The Times’ excellent correspondent, Kaya Burgess, is currently in the Netherlands on a fact-finding mission, along with London’s Cycling Commisioner Andrew Gilligan, Scotland’s Minister for Transport Keith Brown, and others. I hope they like what they are seeing (it’s impossible … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, David Hembrow, Go Dutch, Infrastructure, Street closures, Strict liability, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times | 20 Comments

Compare and contrast

Exhibition Road – Exhibition Road – The top picture is taken from this flyer, advertising a talk given by Ben Hamilton-Baillie, entitled New Directions in Street Design, Safety and Movement. It was taken in early August last year, when the street was closed to … Continue reading

Posted in Shared Space, Street closures | 5 Comments

Exempting cyclists from traffic orders – leadership is needed

Before it was consumed in the ‘bonfire of the quangos’, Cycling England produced some pretty good guidance. One of their design principles was that cyclists should be exempt from Traffic Regulation Orders (or Traffic Management Orders, in London). Cyclists should be … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cycling policy, Horsham, Infrastructure, London, One-way streets, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 10 Comments

Being unable to park a car directly outside a shop is not ‘segregation’

More on the ongoing saga of East Street in Horsham. I wrote back in October about opposition to the pedestrianisation of this increasingly popular and thriving street in the town centre during the main hours of the day. That article … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, Pedestrianisation, Street closures, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 5 Comments

A challenge to pedestrianisation

Long-time readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with the story of East Street in Horsham. This is a narrow town centre street that used to be a one-way road, with narrow pavements and plenty of on-street parking, … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 6 Comments

Signs of hope

You may remember that in August, Philip Circus, a Horsham District Councillor, wrote a piece for the West Sussex County Times entitled Why British cyclists are not always heroes. The article, which I responded to here, actually bears a great deal … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Cycling renaissance, Dangerous driving, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Road safety, Street closures | 8 Comments

The civilising of Horsham town centre

Only two years ago, East Street in Horsham looked like this. A narrow street, with large numbers of shops and restaurants, but designed principally around the motor vehicle. Despite the large numbers of pedestrians using the street, the pavements were … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, One-way streets, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 5 Comments

Old Shoreham Road

Jim Davis of the Lo Fidelity Bicycle Club has already visited the re-working of the Old Shoreham Road in Hove, and has provided two excellent reports about it. The aim of the scheme involves taking space from the carriageway – … Continue reading

Posted in Brighton, Infrastructure, Street closures, Subjective safety | 12 Comments

Love London, Go Dutch – Cycle tracks and civility

This is the third in a series of posts on LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign – the first two are here and here A surprisingly common response to the idea of creating Dutch-style cycle tracks on some of London’s roads … Continue reading

Posted in Go Dutch, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Transport for London | 20 Comments