Monthly Archives: December 2012

The US shooting in perspective

The Connecticut shooting is appalling, but – not to diminish it – hundreds of children are killed on UK roads every year. The latest rampage in the US is the one-off act of an identifiable, disturbed individual. Much of the under-reported … Continue reading

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A traffic manager’s unasked question

Oliver Burkeman rates Peter Drucker as a supreme management thinker. If you’re a boss, says Drucker in The Effective Executive, “develop the habit of asking your underlings the one question that will trigger more improvements than any other: ‘What do … Continue reading

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War on Britain’s Roads

(BBC1, 6 Dec – viewed on i-Player on 12 Dec) It was an exciting programme, and conveyed the sensation of cycling in traffic. I liked the intercutting of close-up testimony with footage and interviewees’ reactions. It delivered a deft presentation of … Continue reading

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Corporate manslaughter?

Here is yet another “accident” involving a cyclist. As stated before, most accidents are not accidents. They are events contrived by the rules and design of the road. These days, even more euphemistically, “accidents” are called “collisions”. Note that this … Continue reading

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Good money after bad?

Yesterday’s Eve Std article about spending on London’s roads contains this gem: “The number of automated traffic lights will increase by 50% to keep traffic flowing”. That’s funny, when I last looked, traffic lights, automated or not, were keeping traffic jamming … Continue reading

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War on Britain’s Roads?

When I heard about the BBC programme, The War on Britain’s Roads (5 Dec), I drafted an email to the commissioning exec saying I’d keep an open mind, but could they yet again be chasing sensation instead of questioning the system … Continue reading

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