Category Archives: Town planning

Accessibility versus amenity – how the bicycle can solve the dilemma

Yesterday I gave a brief presentation at a Town Centre Opportunities event in London; the theme of the conference was on revitalising urban space and keeping ‘The High Street’ thriving. I was invited to talk in a supposedly provocative capacity, … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Department for Transport, Infrastructure, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Subjective safety, Sustrans, The Netherlands, Town planning, Transport policy | 14 Comments

In praise of gyratories (and one-way systems) – why more of them could be the answer

If you say the word ‘gyratory’ to anyone who cycles regularly around cities or large towns in Britain, they’ll probably shiver involuntarily and start to sweat a little. In their mind, they will almost certainly be picturing  scenes like this … Continue reading

Posted in Bus lanes, Go Dutch, Gyratories, Infrastructure, LCC, London, One-way streets, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Town planning, Transport for London | 16 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

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

The tragedy of Stratford High Street

Having written last week about the flaws in the essentially useless Cycle Superhighway 2, today I’m going to take a look at the continuation of that route, Stratford High Street, in the London Borough of Newham. The original plan was … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Boris Johnson, Bow Roundabout, Infrastructure, London, Stratford High Street, Town planning, Transport for London | 6 Comments

‘Localism’ – terrible for the design of cycling and walking infrastructure if councils don’t know what they’re doing, or don’t care

There’s some development coming to the west of Horsham, mostly in the form of new housing, being built on (formerly) agricultural land that lies between the town and the village of Broadbridge Heath. Once the development – imaginatively titled ‘Land … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Horsham, Infrastructure, Town planning, West Sussex County Council | 21 Comments

Mixing with lorries, Dutch-style

In the wake of Mike Penning and Norman Baker’s bizarre and misleading comments about the respective safety of Dutch and British cyclists to the House of Commons Transport Committee on cycling safety in April, Jim Gleeson took a close look … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cycling policy, David Hembrow, HGVs, Infrastructure, Road safety, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Town planning | 12 Comments

Crossing the road

Some good news – eventually – in Horsham. THE STAFF, parents, governors and children at Leechpool Primary School are having a triple celebration after winning their six-year battle for a pedestrian crossing and successfully passing two inspections. The Horsham school’s … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Department for Transport, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Road safety, Town planning, Walking, West Sussex County Council | 6 Comments

Smoothing traffic flow, West Sussex-style

The village of Southwater, which lies around 2 miles south of Horsham, has expanded at an incredible rate over the last two decades. In the early 1990s, its population was just over 5,000. In the 2001 census, the number of … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling policy, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Infrastructure, Road safety, Smoothing traffic flow, Southwater, Town planning, Transport policy, Walking, West Sussex County Council | 9 Comments