Tag Archives: road safety

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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Deaths in Northern Ireland v deaths on UK roads

In Northern Ireland (it was stated on BBC News), there have been 3,500 deaths in 3 decades. Made me work out the approximate death and injury toll in 3 decades on UK roads (I’ll research the exact figures anon). Deaths: … Continue reading

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Death of a cyclist: a tragedy?

Another cyclist bites the dust on London’s roads – at traffic lights. If the spate of deaths among cyclists is a tragedy, it is an avoidable man-made tragedy, contrived by the anti-social rules of the road. By imposing unequal rights, … Continue reading

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Blame the children?

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

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Buffoonery in high places

The UK’s leading self-publicist – the current London mayor – has appointed as his cycling “czar” someone who knows my work (he has quoted it uncredited, in at least one article). So he should know better, but not only does Andrew … Continue reading

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Deference be damned

The 1960s were supposed to have seen off doff-capping class deference, but deference on the road – people on foot deferring to people in vehicles (even waiting for permission to cross at zebra crossings) – persists to this day. The … Continue reading

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