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A proposed eight point manifesto for safer cycling

The Times has launched a public campaign and 8-point manifesto calling for cities to be made fit for cyclists: Lorries entering a city centre should be required by law to fit sensors, audible turning alarms, extra mirrors and safety bars… Continue Reading →

How do you get more people to ride bicycles

Having spent far too much time trying to find how other places achieved the high cycling rates they have, I have come to the conclusion that there are two factors which can increase cycling rates and make cycling feel ”normal”…. Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2011

The United Nations has declared the 20 November 2011 to be a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. According to the UN, “Road traffic crashes kill nearly 1.3 million people every year and injure or disable as many… Continue Reading →

Cycle parking, a new opportunity in Edinburgh?

Some time ago I wrote a post called Cycle parking, please can we have more… in which I flagged up issue surrounding cycle parking in Edinburgh and the particular problems for tenement dwellers. Finally things are starting to change, as… Continue Reading →

How the Dutch got their cycle paths

Ever wondered why it is that the Netherlands came to have such great transport infrastructure? I have, so I was pleased to find this wee video which explains how the Dutch got such a cycle friendly counrty. Note that in… Continue Reading →

Introducing the Dutch Cycling Embassy

Ever wonder how the Dutch came to have Cycling For Everyone? Well this wee video from the Dutch Cycling Embassy how they got to where they are now and why they feel they have something worth exporting to the rest… Continue Reading →

Look! No hands…

Personally I have always enjoyed no hands cycling, and before anyone suggests otherwise, I had both hands on the bars when I had my wee contretemps with a sleeping policeman. Anyway, seeing as I am off the bike and can’t… Continue Reading →

Should wearing cycle helmets be compulsory?

If there is one issue that is highly contentious in cycling, it is this: Should wearing cycle helmets be compulsory? It is no secret that I personally do not wear a cycle helmet, but I do understand that some people,… Continue Reading →

Say no to ridiculous car trips

The National Travel Survey for 2010 (for Great Britain) has now been published, and it shows some interesting information and some worrying trends. So I thought I would report and examine some of the data here. Since the early 1970s,… Continue Reading →

Something about bicycle lanes, strict liability etc.

This post has been hanging around in draft form for a while but I have decided to publish it in it current state so that I can get on with other posts… There has been a lot of comment on… Continue Reading →

Fairness and liability on the roads: part 3

Having written to my MSPs about Fairness and liability on the roads and received a number of replies, mostly along the lines of “I will forward the matter to my colleague Keith Brown, Minister for Transport, for his consideration”, I… Continue Reading →

Fairness and liability on the roads: part 2

Having written to my Westminster MP about Fairness and liability on the roads and received a reply that justice is devolved to the jurisdiction of the Scottish Parliament. I decided to follow up with a similar letter to my MSPs…. Continue Reading →

Fairness and liability on the roads

As I have said before on this blog, I am in favour of the UK having a law of strict liability on the roads, so thought I should try and do something about it. This being a legal issue, I… Continue Reading →

Cycling and the culture of fear, don’t panic!

Mikael Colville-Andersen recently gave this talk at TEDx Copenhagen, it is sooo good I thought I would post it up here. Enjoy!

Isn’t it time to end the Taliban approach to road safety?

Warning this is not a happy post, the writer is angry: In Afghanistan it is considered dangerous for women to go out on the streets in case they are raped. The Taliban’s answer to this is to make all women… Continue Reading →

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