Category Archives: Walking

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 | 19 Comments

Total inconsistency from the Royal Parks

I can’t really add much to Cyclists in the City’s excellent and thorough analysis of the problems facing the East-West Superhighway route through the Royal Parks – problems, it seems, that are entirely being caused by the Royal Parks themselves, as … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Gilligan, Evening Standard, Infrastructure, London, Royal Parks, Superhighways, Walking | 18 Comments

Taking responsibility for social safety

Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, iniichael Dugher, gave an interview with the Mirror in December, which attracted a fair bit of attention, principally because it resembles a transparent attempt to court the ‘motorist vote’ (whatever that may be) – presenting Labour … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Infrastructure, Social safety, The Netherlands, Transport policy, Walking | 17 Comments

Pedestrians and the Superhighways

The Cyclists in the City blog has cast its eye over the City of London’s latest response to the Superhighway proposals [pdf], interpreting it as suggesting that the City are supporting their proposals, and actually demanding even more radical change. I’d really … Continue reading

Posted in City of London, London, Superhighways, Transport for London, Walking | 14 Comments

The connection between walkability and high cycle use

Figures for cycling in Bruges are a little hard to come by, but from this Fietsberaad document [pdf], cycling in the city seems to form between 15-20% of all trips. It’s certainly the most ‘Dutch’ place I’ve visited outside of the Netherlands, … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Infrastructure, Strasbourg, Subjective safety, Sustainable Safety, The Netherlands, Walking | 17 Comments

Do you hate humans? Take it out on them through design

Last week I was staying in Leeds for the Cycle City Expo, and the Space for Cycling campaigners conference. My hotel was quite convenient – only half a mile from Leeds Town Hall where the Expo was being held, and about … Continue reading

Posted in Absurd transport solutions, Car dependence, Town planning, Walking | 30 Comments

The problem with (British) zebra crossings

Zebra crossings are, in principle, the ideal way for pedestrians to cross the road. They give pedestrians priority, and mean they can cross without delay. But there are a number of regulatory difficulties which make them rather less than ideal. … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Walking, Zebra crossings | 103 Comments

The steps

There is a small entrance to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, from St Giles’. It brings you into the grand central courtyard from the east, through a corridor in the building, rather than via the direct and obvious entrance from the … Continue reading

Posted in Car dependence, Guardrail, Gyratories, Horsham, Infrastructure, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Walking | 26 Comments

The difference between walking and cycling safety

At the end of my last post about ‘dangerising’, I mused about why, despite the presence of many pedestrians – and speeches from pedestrian campaigners – at the Die In last Friday, nobody appeared to voice any concern that people … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, London, Subjective safety, The Netherlands, Walking | 28 Comments

Dangerisation

The subject of ‘dangerisation’ – the idea that we are discouraging people who might be tempted cycle in London from doing so by talking about danger and safety – is back on the agenda, following the ‘Die In’ outside TfL … Continue reading

Posted in HGVs, Infrastructure, London, Safety, Subjective safety, The media, Transport for London, Walking | 21 Comments