A dangerous moment for London’s cyclists

Sadiq Khan has made a big political impression in London. He has learnt from Labour’s recent failures that you have to define yourself, before your enemies define you. As Mayor, his first days were full of announcements on bus fares, air pollution and the Garden Bridge. He has sounded like he is pushing serious policies to deliver important transport and related air pollution improvements. What was missing was anything on cycling.

Cycling debate needs data

If we are to understand why TfL assumes some projects work better than others, we need to see the workings

Former East Germany and the route to Prague

I took the train from Prague to Amsterdam, then the ferry back from Rotterdam, just because it seemed the easiest route. The European overnight trains are a pretty slick operation, with parts of trains leaving and joining in different cities, so the train I was on divided and a section went to Copenhagen, and when it arrived in Amsterdam, a new part had joined from Poland.

Cycling from Dunkirk

Amazing how much you come to rely on some piece of equipment. In my case, my Garmin GPS, attached to a Mac and thereby importing routes from Bike Route Toaster. Unfortunately, my Garmin gave up talking to my computer on day one.

Goodbye Denmark, hello London drivers

London will feel dangerous when I get back tomorrow. Denmark’s drivers are incredibly well-behaved and aware of cyclists. Bikes have priority, for instance on roundabouts, which usually have a bike lane around the edge, making it clear that cars have to make way for you.

Bikes are kept out of the way of cars, as much as possible, though. Whether purpose built lanes, footpaths or spaces on the side of the road, you can expect that most of the time you’ll be cycling where cars aren’t allowed to travel.

Back in London, most days I see some sort of dangerous driving. Car drivers, I’m sorry to say, regard bikes as just another vehicle, that can be intimidated if needed. Bike reservations near junctions…

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