Tag Archives: Martin Cassini

Agency abuse

More negligence in traffic policy emerged with the news that in the last five years, 38 avoidable deaths have occurred on the hard shoulder, or emergency lane, of “smart” motorways. An increase in capacity should not entail an increase in … Continue reading

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Child death and abuse

Top of BBC’s news coverage today was the “catalogue of maternity failures at Margate Hospital” which led to the death of Harry Richford, just one week old. The coroner ruled it was “wholly avoidable”. The loss of a young life … 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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The goons (the unfunny ones)

I diverge on only one point with street designer, Ben Hamilton-Baillie. He thinks street redesign alone can bring about the desired behaviour change from hostility to civility, or danger to safety. I’ve always thought it should be preceded by, or … Continue reading

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Taking the drama out of a crisis

Today’s Guardian led with a piece about a comprehensive Chinese study which shows that air pollution (already implicated in 7 million premature deaths a year worldwide) damages intelligence and cognitive function, not just in foetuses and children, but in adults, … Continue reading

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Will they or won’t they?

Coverage of my attempt to get Barnstaple to go traffic light-free, starting with a double T-junction similar to the one in Portishead. My response to Councillor Greenslade to follow.

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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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In conversation …

… about transforming life on the roads with novelist, Karen Millie James, at lunchtime today on her radio show: http://www.sg1radio.co.uk/karenliveatone

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Seeing red

Today’s Mail on Sunday piece about an IEA Paper I co-authored with Richard Wellings twisted our work to fit some anti-Green agenda. The Paper and my accompanying polemic (Companion piece) can be found here at the Press tab.

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Ratso Cassini

29.12.15 A driver honked at me from behind as I walked diagonally across Tesco car park in Barnstaple. “Where are your manners?” I asked. “Why weren’t you looking where you were going?” he yelled. I struck him dumb with a … Continue reading

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