Category Archives: Sustainable Safety

Inconsistency

Why is it that cycling is regarded as a serious potential risk in ways that motor traffic travelling at greater speeds (and with much greater momentum) is not? Part of the explanation must lie in the fact that we have lived … Continue reading

Posted in London, Royal Parks, Safety, Sustainable Safety, Walking | 21 Comments

Plotting a Dutch network onto a British town

An exercise I’ve been planning for a while is to categorise all the streets and roads of the town of Horsham. Some of this work had been started by Paul James of Pedestrianise London. A while back we had discussed a … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Sustainable Safety | 48 Comments

Negotiating a large Dutch motorway junction

The Dutch are of course famous for their cycling, but this does not mean they don’t build roads. Far from it – the Dutch build roads on a vast scale, and seem just as addicted to it, if not more … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Underpass | 12 Comments

Asking the wrong questions

At the weekend I went along to the Cyclenation/Cycling UK Campaigners Conference in St Albans, where I was one of many people making presentations to a large audience. My one was on Sustainable Safety, and afterwards I chatted briefly to … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Helmets, Infrastructure, Sustainable Safety | 24 Comments

Sustainable Safety in action

The N470 is a main road that runs east from the Dutch city of Delft, connecting it with the city of Zoetermeer. It is 12 kilometres long between the junctions with the A13 motorway (bypassing Delft) and the A12 motorway (which … Continue reading

Posted in Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 20 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 | 38 Comments

Different standards

A few weeks ago the City of London held a cycling safety event, aimed in particular at women, following an astonishing 30 serious injuries to female cyclists in the Square Mile since 2010, and three deaths. And this week a haulage company was running … Continue reading

Posted in Exchanging places, Promotion, Safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 24 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 | 21 Comments

The importance of road classification under Sustainable Safety

There was interesting detail buried in Bicycle Dutch’s (as usual, excellent) explanation of the evolution of a street in Utrecht, the Mariaplaats. [Before the 1980s] much of the street’s width was allocated to the private car. Lateral parking on both … Continue reading

Posted in placefaking, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 10 Comments

Blindness to motor traffic

An essential component of whether a road or a street is a pleasant place is the amount of motor traffic travelling down it. It isn’t the only component, of course, but it’s going to be a struggle to make somewhere that … Continue reading

Posted in access roads, Shared Space, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands | 16 Comments