Tag Archives: road safety

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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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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Another avoidable road death

Report here. To blame for this road death, of course, is the malign system of priority. Once again, of course, the perpetrators of the system will get away with what amounts to manslaughter. The onus for road safety should be on … Continue reading

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When will they ever learn?

Should the offence of dangerous cycling be brought into line with dangerous driving? A 3-month consultation has been announced. Cycling UK says it’s an opportunity to review road safety legislation in general. As usual, public debate about road safety refers … Continue reading

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Paradigm for paradise

It’s anomalous, and scandalous, that while public services are cut to the bone, tens of £billions are blown on a traffic system which amounts to a public disservice. The system is dysfunctional. It fails on every count: safety, health, efficiency, … Continue reading

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Transfiguration

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. To transform road safety and transfigure the public realm, we need to reverse the balance of power in favour of the vulnerable. Supported by legal reform, the new hierarchy would make … Continue reading

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Not to denigrate Gosport but …

Now there will be wall-to-wall media coverage of the Gosport hospital deaths (from over-prescription of painkillers) in the 1990s – 456 plus possibly another 200. Will the media kick up a similar storm over the 24,000 killed and hurt on … 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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Losing lollipops need be no loss

The Daily Mirror slams government cuts for axing school crossing patrols. A teacher warns that councils will “have blood on their hands”.  As I pointed out in 2010 and 2011, if roads were designed for safety instead of danger, we … Continue reading

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Walkers v drivers

Walkers and drivers can coexist in harmony. But not under the current system. Why do we allow drivers to own the road and intimidate walkers? Why must children learn traditional road safety drill, and why should adults observe it? Vehicles are the killing … Continue reading

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