Tag Road

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 →

Arthur’s Seat Challenge II

I first wrote about the Arthur’s Seat Challenge in November 2007, since then I have become aware of a couple more Arthur’s Seat Challenges. There is one in Australia which involves bimbling up some wee hill which is about 75… Continue Reading →

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 congestion in towns and cities, and it is healthy (active people, such as regular cyclists, live longer). In addition,… Continue Reading →

Of tram tracks and cyclists

Edinburgh is currently in the process of getting a new tram system, this has not been without controversy, not least the issue of cycling and tram tracks. The early threat to the off road cycle network, the removal of on… Continue Reading →

Your views wanted on Active Travel

The Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee is holding an inquiry into “Active Travel – walking and cycling”. The Committee is keen to hear your views on walking and cycling. The Scottish Government says that it would like… Continue Reading →

Give cyclists room

One of the things which puts people off cycling on the road is the tendency of some drivers to pass far too close. So how much room should a driver give a cyclist or other vulnerable road user when overtaking?… Continue Reading →

You don’t pay tax…

One of the more stupid statements made by motorists to cyclists is “you don’t pay tax”, sadly this is just not true. We all pay tax, as the old axiom has it: there are two things in life which are… Continue Reading →

Death on the road

Let us all take a moments silence to remember Mrs Bridget Driscoll of Croydon who died 113 years ago today, in 1896, the first pedestrian to be knocked down and killed by a motor vehicle on a British road. She… Continue Reading →

Roads are for cars!??

Anyone who cycles regularly on British roads is likely to have heard the comment from car drivers that “roads are for cars!” This is often stated as fact, which poses the question why are roads for cars? Despite the currently… Continue Reading →

On cycle commuting

I have been cycle commuting for 12 years now and as it is coming up to that time of year when people make resolutions to change their lives, I thought this is a good subject for a blog post. I… Continue Reading →

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