Tag Archives: Equality Streets

Royal “accident” was no accident

Reports of the 83 year-old woman, Irene, injured by a motorcyclist in a royal convoy, speak of an “accident”. But it happened at traffic lights. Irene thought she could trust the lights to guide her safely. But they led her … Continue reading

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Central to the reforming agenda of Equality Streets is a shift in the balance of power in favour of the pedestrian, the child, the vulnerable road-user. Why should they wait for traffic to clear or lights to change, inhaling the … Continue reading

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State-sponsored child abuse

A boy of 11 is killed trying to cross the road. This was no accident. The rules of the road, and nothing but the rules, are to blame. It’s another case of state-sponsored manslaughter, or child abuse. Shame on traffic … Continue reading

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J’accuse (again)

So the Duke has apologised for the “accident”. But it wasn’t an accident. It was an event contrived by the rules of the road, specifically, main road priority. The Duke was a victim, as were the others involved. If junctions … Continue reading

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The Fluke of Edinburgh

It probably was a fluke that the Duke survived the crash at the junction on the A149. Consider the dilemma. You’re on a minor road. You arrive at a junction. You are faced with streams of traffic coming at you … Continue reading

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Clean air “strategy”

The government’s clean air strategy aims to halve harmful emissions by 2025. It plans to ban wood burning stoves and ammonia from farm fertilisers, but abdicates responsibility for vehicle emissions to Local Traffic Authorities. Equality on the roads is the … Continue reading

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Road rage v road sage?

On most things to do with street design and road-user relationships, Ben Hamilton-Baillie and I are of one mind, but we diverge on one point. He says street design alone can achieve the desired behaviour change – from war to … Continue reading

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Mugged by ministerial apathy and negligence

This woman, a talented musician, was attacked outside her home. She was crossing the road with her child, when she was hit by a car. She managed to push the child to safety. She needed 21 stitches in her head. … Continue reading

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DfT and ministerial negligence

A government paper announces funding for local authorities to ‘tackle air pollution’. One of its grotesquely overdue measures is to ‘adjust traffic signals to cut congestion’. So the paper is an open admission that traffic lights contribute to 40,000 premature deaths a … Continue reading

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Voice in the wilderness

Last year there were 240 deaths from drink driving. Richard Allsop of the RAC Foundation estimates there would be 25 fewer deaths if the drink-drive limit were cut from .08 to .05. The story made the news, but the numbers … Continue reading

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