Category Archives: Subjective safety

Instead of blaming individuals, fix the system

Doubtless many of you will have seen this video of a ‘near miss’ on the A38 in Bromsgrove, in which a child narrowly escapes serious injury, thanks to the quick reactions of a driver – a fireman, Robert Allen. I … Continue reading

Posted in Safety, Subjective safety, Underpass | 17 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 | 20 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 | 19 Comments

The helmet on the handlebars

At the FreeCycle event in central London on Saturday, there were, of course, large numbers of people wearing helmets and hi-viz tabards – not least because the latter were, as always, being handed out to participants. But as I cycled … Continue reading

Posted in Helmets, Infrastructure, Subjective safety | 31 Comments

Why they hate you

A consistent theme that you will encounter in campaigning circles – and indeed amongst the wider public – is that British people ‘hate cyclists’, or ‘hate cycling’. The explanation here must be that there is something genetic, something innate in … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 39 Comments

A visit to Superhighway 2

The upgrade of Superhighway 2 has been generating some publicity (bad publicity), and this week I managed to head out to Whitechapel (and indeed along the route to Bow roundabout, and back again) to have a look at it. The … Continue reading

Posted in Cycle Superhighways, Infrastructure, London, Subjective safety, Transport for London | 18 Comments

Rehabilitating the underpass

Underpasses have a pretty dreadful reputation in Britain; a reputation so dreadful that councils, planners, developers and highway engineers can point to public attitudes and say ‘people don’t like underpasses! Why should we provide them?’ But – just as with … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Social safety, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Town planning, Underpass | 22 Comments

Stress test

There was a typical August ‘silly season’ story last week – the idea of women-only train carriages, prompted by some comments from a Labour leadership candidate that were seized on and used to generate ‘news’ at a typically quiet time of … Continue reading

Posted in Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 6 Comments

It’s motor traffic, not immigration, that prevents children playing in the street

So Nigel Farage gave a speech at the White Cliffs of Dover yesterday, in which he suggested that children are not playing football in the street any more because of ‘discomfort’ and ‘unease’ due to high levels of immigration. I … Continue reading

Posted in Safety, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 21 Comments

West Sussex and LSTF money – the Northgate gyratory

Last week I wrote a long post about how West Sussex County Council are proposing to use millions of pounds of ‘sustainable’ transport funding (distributed by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership) on schemes that have negligible (or even non-existent) sustainable … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, Uncategorized, West Sussex County Council | 21 Comments