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Micro-management

Traffic management in London beggars belief. Traffic lights blocking flow at every turn. Delancey St in Camden blocked back. Ditto Baker St because green time so short. Lights causing avoidable congestion across the city, even at minor junctions such as … Continue reading

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Today’s hypocrisy

Sometimes I have to reach for the off switch when the Today Programme is on. Last week, I switched off at Justin Webb’s feigned outrage and nagging at an Oxfam guy over sexual misconduct. I can’t help thinking that Today’s editorial … Continue reading

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Dysfunctional system promotes delinquency

I was halfway across a High Street junction on foot, and got hooted at by a driver turning right. The Highway Code says drivers should give way to pedestrians at junctions. But the driver had a green light, so he … Continue reading

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Invisible, ignored, baleful

“£12bn in welfare cuts to come”, says Paul Johnson of the IFS, “and billions more in other public service cuts. This is not the end of austerity.” Like everyone else, this economic guru is ignorant of the case for kind … Continue reading

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We are victims of obsessive officialdom

Driving through Barnstaple yesterday (on electric), I think I surprised the driver behind me. At a pedestrian crossing where the lights had just changed against the people on foot, I waited at green for them to cross. They waved in … Continue reading

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Cuts, air quality, and how Sadiq Khan has it wrong

While the public spending axe falls left, right and centre – this week it was MoD cuts – a thick seam of beneficial cuts lies neglected. I’m talking about traffic control: a field of vast public expenditure which is vexatious, … Continue reading

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Socially speaking

Socially speaking, road signs, road regulation and road markings are designed to make us do the wrong thing. You were there first? So what? The rules give me right of way over you, so tough! Thus pedestrians and toddlers in … Continue reading

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Booker winner and the traffic system

Booker winner, George Saunders, speaks of the human capacity for “infinite acts of decency”. By contrast, the traffic control system promotes infinite acts of indecency. Kinder Streets expands on the theme, as do other pages on this site.

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Enforcement or education?

Retrospective enforcement (apparently supported by Brake!), or preventative education? The government proposes stiffer sentences for drivers who kill. As is usual in the illiterate field of traffic policy, this is a case of shutting the stable door after the horse … Continue reading

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Ignorance is no excuse; inaction is abuse

Opponents of my reforms are in effect supporters of the current system, which presides over an annual casualty toll of 24,000 souls, many of them children. Ministers, the DfT and local traffic authorities, who back the system, don’t even have … Continue reading

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