Tag Archives: traffic control

Hit by a bus

The phrase, “You could be killed crossing the road” is a thoughtlessly-repeated phrase, e.g. the other day on The Today Programme by Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty (10.1. 2021, I think it was). Making some parallel with the risk of … Continue reading

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Road pricing?

The song Taxman by George Harrison and John Lennon has the lines, “If you drive a car we’ll tax the street … If you take a walk we’ll tax your feet”. Traffic regulation costs tens of billions a year yet fails to keep us … Continue reading

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Another nail in coffin

Brake dust is as bad as diesel for producing tiny particles that penetrate heart, lungs and bloodstream. It may be even worse because it produces those particulates in greater quantities. The stop-start drive cycle produced by traffic lights and priority … Continue reading

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The overreaching state

A new threat issued from Health Minister, Matthew Hancock, today. The government will introduce stronger measures, e.g. banning exercise outside the home, if “people” continue to flout edicts by foregathering (as distinct from twogathering?). There are parallels with traffic control … Continue reading

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Abuse Part 94

Interminable airtime is given over to child sexual abuse, but despite endless pitches to the Today Programme and other media outlets, state abuse involving over 20,000 avoidable deaths and life-changing injuries on our roads, annually, don’t get a look-in.

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Ingrained abuse

Road “accidents” are the result of the system of priority, which imposes unequal rights and makes roads intrinsically dangerous. The driving test teaches the abuse and neglect that are inherent in the system.

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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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Criticism where due

I’m critical of traffic officers and policymakers because they oppose change and support a system which is intrinsically dangerous, anti-social and inefficient. It steals our time, damages our health and well-being, defaces streetscapes, and kills our children. Brutality, sociopathy and … Continue reading

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Redistibution of public money

A headline item on The Today Programme was the hike in rates for 25% of businesses, which means many will go to the wall. Apparently business rates guarantee tax income of £24bn a year. The underfunding of social care also … Continue reading

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Advice to the PM

Teresa May wants a fairer, sharing society. She could start on our roads and public spaces. Replace priority with equality, enabling peaceful give-and-take among all road-users. In the absence of a bridge or flyover, let all junctions be filter (more or … Continue reading

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