Author Archives: Martin Cassini
A half-heard news item on Today was about 11 year-olds immersed in their mobile phones being three times more likely (than 10 year-olds?) to be hit on the roads. No doubt the usual suspects will blame children’s lack of awareness. … Continue reading
The ideas behind Equality Streets have been called “counterintuitive” (a polite word for weird?). Are equality and filter-in-turn weird, or is the traffic system – by imposing unequal rights and subverting our social nature – more than a bit weird?
If I’m right: that the edifice of traffic control, based as it is on anti-social priority, is flawed and misguided; and that self-control on streets designed for equality are safer and more efficient than streets governed by priority and signals, … Continue reading
Scenes like this are repeated ad infinitum up and down the land.
A Commons committee says the £33bn we’re to spend on high-speed rail will be a waste of money. The transport secretary says that’s nonsense; we have to “compete” with other countries. But I’m just back from Manchester where a fast … Continue reading
What does HS2 have in common with the congestion charge? It will cost the earth, and it is being imposed before large-scale traffic system reform has even been tried. Cars are uniquely convenient, allowing you to go door-to-door at times of your choosing, and … Continue reading
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
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