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Thoughts on the Quality Bike Corridor

This post first appeared on the STV Edinburgh website, as part of a series of articles for Bike Week. I have slightly rewritten and expanded it here. As I have said before, cycling is a good thing, as it achieves… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the A9

A resent blog post by Lesley Riddoch set me thinking about the A9. The one thing that really makes the A9 a dangerous road is the almost total absence of enforcement the rules of the road. There are only two… Continue Reading →

What are 20mph speed limits for?

As readers of this blog will know I regard the introduction of 20mph speed limits as a good thing, and as I have said elsewhere, it has been known for well over 20 years that, as traffic speed increases, so… Continue Reading →

How we came to Pedal on Parliament

Last year I wrote a post about how the Dutch got their cycle paths. A key part of this was the Stop der Kindermort campaigns of the 1970’s. On the 28th April the Dutch celebrate their Queen’s Day, while we… Continue Reading →

Only days to go before the Pedal on Parliament: time for action!

The clock is counting down: [fergcorp_cdt_single date=”28-4-2012 14:00″], the masses will set off to Pedal on Parliament with the purpose of calling for safer roads for all! We need you to help, if you can join us on The Meadows… Continue Reading →

Of on street parking and bus/cycle lanes

Earlier this week I wrote up a few thoughts on the Spokes Hustings last week, where I commented on my memory of Cllr Gordon Mackenzie’s replies on the issue of Pay & Display parking in bus lanes and cycle lanes…. Continue Reading →

British cycling success comes at a price

It is great to see the recent success of the British cycling team (note that this table may not be up to date). However, as this video shows, for some promising British athletes there can be a high price to… Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the Spokes Hustings

I was at the Spokes Hustings the other night and since then I have had a number of thoughts about it churning through my mind, and so have decided to write them down here. It was good to hear that… Continue Reading →

Rattling cages

I have been known to be rather outspoken when tweeting about the subject of road safety but I didn’t expect this response when I commented on the RAC’s news item about: Cyclists ‘need space to stay safe’. rac.co.uk/news-advice/mo… Cyclists ‘need… Continue Reading →

An accidental revolution

It started out as a conversation on Twitter about The Times’ Cities fit for cycling campaign. We were bemoaning fact that it was all centred around London and there was nothing in Scotland. Dave Brennan, aka Magnatom, who writes The… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

James Cracknell and the cycle helmet company

According to a recent blog post on the Merida Bikes website, “James Cracknell is being seen all over the place, promoting his programme [on the Discovery Channel] following his incredible journey back from his near fatal head injury”. During these… Continue Reading →

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