Category Archives: The Times’ Cities Safe for Cycling campaign

The AGM of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain

Just over two years ago, around 40 people gathered in a cafe in central London. The meeting, which had arisen organically and informally out of discussion on a number of blogs, involved the founding the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain. … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cyclists' Touring Club, Go Dutch, Hierarchy of Provision, Infrastructure, LCC, London, Subjective safety, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport for London | 6 Comments

Institutional motorism

You are probably aware that the Association of Chief Police Officers have now ‘clarified’ their position on the enforcement of 20 mph limits, following the appearance of the assistant chief constable of West Yorkshire police before the All Party Parliamentary … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Police, Road safety, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, West Sussex County Council | 36 Comments

Lessons from Exhibition Road

This post has been mouldering in my drafts folder for several months as I pondered the relevance of banging on about Exhibition Road, and shared space, once again, but it’s probably worth releasing, even if much of what I say … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Go Dutch, Guardrail, Infrastructure, London, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Simon Jenkins, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport for London | 24 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

Adapting to the environment, or changing it

For good or ill, the injuries suffered last week by our first ever Tour de France winner and his coach, in separate incidents on consecutive days, have put the issue of cycling, and cycling safety, in the media spotlight. I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in 20 mph limits, Car dependence, Cycling policy, Helmets, Infrastructure, LCC, Pedestrianisation, Road safety, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Transport policy | 11 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

Vanishing point

My undoubted highlight of Saturday’s Big Ride in London was entering Piccadilly from Hyde Park Corner and seeing, for the first time, the full extent of the protest. As one of the last to set off, and having been waiting … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, LCC, London, Road safety, Subjective safety, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign | 7 Comments

Letter of the week

This one published in The Times, of all places, yesterday. Sir, It is sad that it should take the serious injury of a Times staff member to trigger a nationwide safety campaign targeting roads, roundabouts and junctions. But cyclists themselves … Continue reading

Posted in Road safety, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Those baffling and misleading comments on Dutch cycle safety from Penning and Baker, in full

From today’s House of Commons Transport Committee on Cycling Safety. You can listen to this guff yourself, if you wish, at about the 11:56 mark. Ellman [chair]– Can we learn anything on safe cycling from countries such as the Netherlands … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Infrastructure, Road safety, Targets, The Netherlands, The Times' Cities Safe for Cycling campaign | 37 Comments