Category Archives: West Sussex County Council

Exempting cyclists from traffic orders – leadership is needed

Before it was consumed in the ‘bonfire of the quangos’, Cycling England produced some pretty good guidance. One of their design principles was that cyclists should be exempt from Traffic Regulation Orders (or Traffic Management Orders, in London). Cyclists should be … Continue reading

Posted in Cycling Embassy Of Great Britain, Cycling policy, Horsham, Infrastructure, London, One-way streets, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 10 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

Some parking issues at Horsham station

There’s a story in this week’s West Sussex County Times regarding the removal of bicycles chained to the railings outside the front of Horsham station. It seems one commuter returned to Horsham to find that his bicycle had been removed and … Continue reading

Posted in Cycle Stands, Horsham, Southern Railway, West Sussex County Council | 4 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

A challenge to pedestrianisation

Long-time readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with the story of East Street in Horsham. This is a narrow town centre street that used to be a one-way road, with narrow pavements and plenty of on-street parking, … Continue reading

Posted in Horsham, Horsham District Council, Parking, Pedestrianisation, Shared Space, Street closures, West Sussex County Council | 6 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

Conservative councillor Christian Mitchell finds an issue that really matters – an unobtrusive £96 sign

I am pleased to report that I am indirectly responsible for a ‘headline’ story in my local newspaper, the West Sussex County Times – although I think this must certainly count as a very slow news week if a story … Continue reading

Posted in Councillor Christian Mitchell, Horsham, Horsham District Council, Signs, West Sussex County Council | 16 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

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