Tag road safety

Edinburgh 20 mph speed limit zone gets the go-ahead

The news has come through that the proposed 20 mph speed limit zone in South Edinburgh has been given the go ahead, which is good news. However, it is rather disappointing that the most dangerous roads inwith the area covered… 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 →

More on Edinburgh’s proposed 20mph speed limit

The City of Edinburgh is currently in the possess of introducing a 20mph speed limit across a large area of the south side of the town. This is something which I am very much in favour of as it will… Continue Reading →

The Sacred Driving Licence

Today saw the launch of the “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020“. Never one to miss a photo opportunity, David Cameron had agreed to help launch the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety and managed to get Britain’s… 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 →

Fear, loathing, and cycle campaigning

I was recently reading a blog post on “Cult Of Fear” when I was struck by the story about a woman killed while riding along a dual carriageway, the CTC’s resistance to the provision of off road cycle provision and… Continue Reading →

Manifesto suggestions for active travel revisited

With the Scottish elections coming up in May, I thought I would revamp my manifesto suggestions for active travel. Active travel is a great idea as it achieves so many policy objectives: it is clean, it is green, it reduces… 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 →

Complaint to the BBC

Dear BBC The BBC charter states the BBC aims to inform, educate and entertain. While some may regard Mr Clarkson’s comments on running over cyclists because they don’t pay “road tax” as entertainment (Top Gear BBC2 07/02/2011 21mins 25seconds in)…. Continue Reading →

Are our streets for people?

Here is a great wee video from Living Streets. It asks the question “Are our streets for people?” and suggests how they could be in the future, if we decide to put the priority on active travel. The proposed changes… Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The United Nations has declared the 21 November 2010 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 →

20mph speed limit proposals – South Edinburgh

As regular readers will know, I am keen to see traffic laws to make the roads safer for all. When I heard that the City of Edinburgh Council was proposing to introduce a 20mph speed limit across a large area… Continue Reading →

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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