The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched an ambitious plan to boost cycling and walking in England, with a commitment to creating thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for all, and the first ever zero-emission transport city. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "From helping people get fit and healthy and lowering … Continue reading £2bn active travel revolution?
Councils all over the UK are facing up to the prospect of increasing pedestrian and cycling provision, but with different degrees of success. The UK Government has offered millions to help achieve this, but many councils seem to be very slow in putting any real infrastructure plans into action. With the prospect of changing from a car dominated … Continue reading Growing support for a people first economic recovery
Over 4,000 miles of cycle routes in the UK have been re-designated after safety review, one of those routes being the extremely popular Coast 2 Coast (C2C) route. The move follows the 2018 review, which found that 42% of the network was 'poor', with substandard crossings, signage, and/or sections on main roads. 4% of the … Continue reading C2C route “scrapped” as too dangerous
While we are all welcoming the new cycle lanes which are springing up all over Europe, and many UK cities are getting the new infrastructure right many are still finding their feet, so it is interesting to note what the Highway Code says about cycle lanes and the drivers response to them. Typically, the first … Continue reading Cycle lanes and car parking
If only all cycle paths could be like this... That was my primary thought during my ride out from Alloa to Stirling on Saturday morning. I had arrived at the campsite late Friday afternoon, after an agitating day in the office at the computer. It was raining very slightly and a bit windy, and the … Continue reading Cycling in Clackmannanshire
On 31st May 2017, 23yr old medical student, Zhi Min Soh, was killed when she was run over by the driver of a Rabbie's Tours, Mercedes 16-seater minibus in the centre of Edinburgh, at the junction between Princes Street and Lothian Road. At the time, there was much speculation that her bicycle's wheel, which had … Continue reading Will lessons be learned from the tragic death of Zhi Min Soh?
My partner took this picture of me yesterday morning as I was leaving to go to the vigil for Edinburgh Nurse James Harrison, killed at a road junction in the city, on his way from work. It begs the question - Is this the last time he will see me alive? I have a … Continue reading Is our safety too much to ask?
The moves to increase cycling in the wake of Covid19 are to be commended, and many councils are trying to make changes to existing road layouts for the benefits of all forms of human powered transport, including just walking about safely, but is this enough and can they do more, or do it better. On … Continue reading Infrastructure – is it fit for purpose?
75% of fatal or serious accidents involving cyclists, in 2018, occurred in urban areas 80% of incidents occur during daylight 75% of incidents occur at road junctions In 2018 - 99 cyclists were killed, 5 of them children Also in 2018 - 4, 106 were seriously injured These statistics* are only those reported to the … Continue reading Cycling in the UK; damning statistics