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Two futures

At the end of April, the retail consultant Mary Portas appeared on the BBC’s World at One programme to discuss how physical shopping could continue to function during the coronavirus crisis. Portas has a bit of form for, shall we say, … Continue reading

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The power of e-bikes

On a sunny September day last year, I headed out from the city centre of Utrecht to take a look at the town of Bilthoven, about five miles away. Despite being a fairly small settlement (Bilthoven itself only has a … Continue reading

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When a junction turns people cycling into lawbreakers, how do you fix it?

As with many British towns in the wake of the 1963 Traffic in Towns report, Horsham responded to the coming age of the motor car with a mixture of enlightenment and destructiveness. In doing so, it largely reflected the nature … Continue reading

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No, cycling infrastructure in London is not creating a ‘race track’ mentality

TLDR – the fact that there are people cycling fast on cycling infrastructure in London does not mean that the infrastructure is ‘creating’ or ‘causing’ fast cycling. The people cycling fast are the people who were already cycling in London, brave enough … Continue reading

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Westminster Bridge bus stop bypass, revisited

In case you had forgotten, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust spent over £10,000 of NHS funding in an attempt to prevent ‘floating’ bus stops being built on Westminster Bridge (a detail uncovered by Tom Kearney). This was part of an … Continue reading

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A Waste of Space

In London yesterday evening, I approached Parliament Square along the cycleway at Great George Street. In front of me was perhaps the classic stereotypical scene shared by taxi drivers, and other people hostile to new cycling infrastructure in London (and … Continue reading

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A spontaneous cycle trip from Rotterdam to Delft

BicycleDutch’s post yesterday about his unexpected 55km cycling journey reminded me that I had also made an unplanned cycle trip in the Netherlands, due to a railway being out of action. Unlike his journey, however – which was long, and in … Continue reading

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Strategic

What does the word ‘strategic’ mean? Identifying long-term aims and interests – and working out how to achieve them. That sounds quite sensible, doesn’t it? Who could argue with that? Yet I found myself having to look the word up, … Continue reading

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Why so angry

Take a look at this short video [language warning]. It’s a woman attempting to cycle along Upper Thames Street, and having to come to a stop as two HGVs barrel past her, at speed. You can actually hear the fear … Continue reading

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An open letter to Lord Adonis

Dear Lord Adonis, I write regarding your recent comments on social media regarding the cycling infrastructure around Parliament Square. MORE cyclists on main carriageway now than the segregated cycle route – so what's the point of all that spending on … Continue reading

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