Category Archives: Subjective safety

Picture post – Veenendaal

By British standards, the Dutch town of Veenendaal has some exceptional infrastructure, but this is really a rather quite unexceptional Dutch town, in many ways. When I mentioned to Dutch people that I intended to visit Veenendaal while I was … Continue reading

Posted in Fietsstraat, Infrastructure, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 36 Comments

In the way

What is it about cycling in front of motor vehicles that makes for an unpleasant experience? This is a pertinent question in the light of a number of related issues – principally, how we should go about designing for cycling … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Infrastructure, London, Shared Space, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 23 Comments

Space for cycling, Dutch-style

I follow the Amsterdam-based photographer Thomas Schlijper on Twitter, mainly for his excellent photographs of street life, and cycling in particular. He’s well worth a follow. This photograph of his, from a few weeks ago, caught my attention. It shows … Continue reading

Posted in Space for Cycling, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 27 Comments

Thinking outside the box

Urban Design London have recently released some new guidance (in draft form), entitled the ‘Slow Streets Sourcebook: designing for 20mph streets’. This manual – like other ones I have commented on recently – has revealing design recommendations for ‘cyclists’. These are the kinds of … Continue reading

Posted in History, London, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Transport policy | 16 Comments

Bypassing the bypass

The reduction of motor traffic in British towns and villages is not a particularly alien concept. Throughout the latter part of the twentieth century, the bypass became an increasingly familiar, and often contested, way of reducing the effects motor vehicles … Continue reading

Posted in Bypasses, Car dependence, Horsham, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 28 Comments

Bias

In yesterday’s BBC Sunday Politics piece on the Superhighways, presenter Tim Donovan repeated, in the form of a question, the City of London’s statement that the proposals are ‘heavily biased’ towards cycling and cyclists (that comment appears three times in this City … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, City of London, Subjective safety, Superhighways, Sustainable Safety, Transport for London | 10 Comments

Is it always wrong to take space from footways?

A couple of recent things got me thinking about the question in the title – is it always unacceptable to reallocate footway space, to provide attractive conditions for cycling? The first is this passage from the draft London Cycling Design … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, Uncategorized | 24 Comments

Do Dutch pedestrians get a raw deal?

My post last week – about vehicular cycling being enabled by Dutch infrastructure – prompted a tweet from Jon Usher, wondering where the pedestrian infrastructure was in the Netherlands. @steinsky @lofidelityjim Where’s the pedestrian infrastructure in the Netherlands? Honest question … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Uncategorized | 25 Comments

Let’s get vehicular

The new edition of Cyclecraft was published last week. I haven’t had a chance to give it a good read yet, but at first glance it appears to contain much of the same dogma previous editions contained. For instance, the … Continue reading

Posted in Cyclecraft, Infrastructure, John Franklin, Subjective safety, The Netherlands | 26 Comments

‘Critical mass’

Over the last few years it has seemed (to me at least) that the notion of a ‘critical mass’ of riders being a key plank of cycling policy has lost its credibility. The idea of ‘safety coming from numbers’ has, … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, critical mass, Subjective safety | 28 Comments