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Close pass: Incompetence or malice?

Close passes by motorists are as much a part of cycling on British roads as potholes, but there can be only two possible explanations for why a motorist overtakes dangerously close to a cyclist – incompetence or malice. In the absence of widespread and good quality infrastructure to protect cyclists from motorised traffic, The Safer Roads Partnership and operational policing…

Why no hierarchy of controls on our roads?

When you next hear someone referring to the wearing helmets and high-vis or the delivery of enhanced driver training as guiding principles of road safety, refer them to the hierarchy of hazard control. The system is used across industry to minimise or eliminate exposure to hazards and it has as much relevance to road danger reduction as it does to reducing…

Help rescue Britain’s forgotten cycleways

Between 1934 and 1940 Britain’s Ministry of Transport built at least 280-miles of segregated cycleways, usually on both sides of the new arterial roads springing up all over the country at that time. In fact, between 1937 and 1940, the Ministry of Transport only gave grants to local authorities for arterial road schemes if they included 9ft-wide cycleways on both…

E-bikes rescue broken-down cars

Surely there’s no better metaphor for the helplessness of gridlocked cities than the news that broken-down cars are now being rescued by cargo bicycles. Following a successful one-year trial in Berlin and Cologne, breakdown company ADAC has found that their fleet of electric bicycles are often quicker and more effective than vans  because they make rapid progress in dense traffic…

World-class cycling provision and 3D printed houses

Not content with being home to the Hovenring – an elevated cycling roundabout that pushes the boundaries of active travel infrastructure brilliance, the Dutch city of Eindhoven is pioneering 3D printed housing by unveiling the first habitable examples. Project Milestone will see five new 3d printed houses offered for rent. The building process does not rely on bricklaying – a…