Monthly Archives: May 2013

Dead red time and space

Scenes like this are repeated ad infinitum up and down the land.

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Social protocol trumps regulation

In his column in today’s Guardian, Oliver Burkeman discusses “norm violations”, e.g. queue jumping. It helps explain why on the roads, equality and self-control are safer and more efficient than priority and signal control. As I often say, you’d cause a … Continue reading

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Hoggart on HS2

“A Commons committee says the £33bn earmarked for HS2 will be a waste of money. The transport secretary says nonsense, we must compete with other countries. I’m just back from Manchester where a fast Pendolino train arrived on time, but … Continue reading

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Congestion charging + HS2 = public waste x 2

What does HS2 have in common with the congestion charge? It will cost the earth, and it is being imposed before traffic system reform has even been tried. Cars are uniquely convenient, allowing you to visit multiple destinations at times of your choosing. … Continue reading

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On the roads, self-interest = mutual interest

In banking and consumer affairs, regulation may be necessary, because self-interest is driven by profit. On the roads, regulation is counterproductive. Why? Because self-interest = the common interest. My interest in not hitting you mirrors your interest in not hitting … Continue reading

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“In praise of …” Guardian on Poynton

A few years ago, the Guardian ran an editorial against me in praise of traffic lights. Are they beginning to see the light? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/09/in-praise-of-poynton-intersection “ … the doubters have been confounded” – this links to a piece in a local paper … Continue reading

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Minister on the road to nowhere

On 8 May 2013, before the start of a conference organised by PACTS (government road safety advisory council) for the UN’s Decade of Action, I met transport minister, Patrick McLoughlin. What did he think of Poynton? He looked blank. I … Continue reading

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Buffoonery in high places

The UK’s leading self-publicist – the current London mayor – has appointed as his cycling “czar” someone who knows my work (he has quoted it uncredited, in at least one article). So he should know better, but not only does Andrew … Continue reading

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