Catching Up

Due to some technical difficulties, and a lot of travel, posting has suffered here as of late; thanks as always to all the tips, etc., that have come in.

Here’s a few random things from the last week in which I’m quoted, etc.

London set to expand “shared streets” trials, notes the Times. I’ve not had the chance to really look into this in depth, but the results will certainly bear watching.

Samoa turns to the left, reports Macleans.

The paperback gets some joy from William Skidelsky in the Observer.

Non traffic related, but I have a (largely positive) review of Rebecca Solnit’s new book A Paradise Built in Hell in today’s New York Times Book Review.

And for the paperback there’s been another slew of interviews, particularly on radio, like this one, among many others.

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4 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. fred_dot_u Says:

    Not so much shared roads as shared space, specifically a shared intersection concept, but it is a well-written piece, in my opinion, of shared space that works:

    without advert at start:

    “civic response”, “social behavior”, and best of all, “takes responsibility away from the traffic engineers and puts it on the individuals”.

  2. mikey2gorgeous Says:

    Check out the ‘comments’ left by the Times’ readers! These attitudes are one of the major obstacles to decent road reform & cycling provision. Note the English Pedant’s favourite whinge crops up… “cycling on the pavement! It is dangerous & should be stamped out” (even though there’s no real danger – only percieved threat).

  3. fred_dot_u Says:

    I have to agree with the Brit complaining about cyclists on the pavement, because in their country, pavement means sidewalk. Irresponsible and inconsiderate cyclists on the sidewalk are a danger to pedestrians.

  4. mikey2gorgeous Says:

    @fred – actually there is negligable death & injury from cyclists on the pavement. What there is can usually be attributed to hooligans who will be a danger whatever they’re driving & there are laws which can be invoked by the Police when needed. Some Chief Constables have stated their officers should turn a blind eye to it when done respectfully.

    What we do have is a presumption by a lot of people that there is a danger when the statistics don’t back that up. We have little enough precious police resource on our streets, we shouldn’t tie them up with issues that have virtually no impact on our society.

    By all means come down VERY hard on those who put others at risk but cyclists sometimes need to be able to go on pavements (& the law allows this where there is a danger to be avoided on the road).

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