Cycling News

Tell TfL Archway plans must be improved - and help us claim a Space for Cycling win

This clip shows cyclists navigating Archway gyratory as it is at the moment.

 

Transport for London are currently consulting on proposed changes to Archway gyratory - a much needed consultation, as the video clip above shows. ICAG, our local group in Islington, say that while there are some positives in the plans and it's good to see that Transport for London recognise that the area needs to be improved for pedestrians and people who want to cycle, the plans include some dangerous and ill thought out proposals that won't make this important location safer for cycling or walking. 

ICAG have published their response, which includes suggestions for how the plans could be made safer, on their website. They want as many people as possible to respond before the consultation ends on Sunday 14 December.

Archway proposals

"Direct protected cycling through the re-engineered Archway gyratory" is ICAG's ask for the Hillrise ward as part of our Space for Cycling campaign, which all councillors signed up to support. ICAG say: "Archway is the first of the gyratories that TfL is planning to remove and the plans are still being developed. We want to make sure that cyclists have protected space on the new junction without having to cycle on pavements or other spaces shared with pedestrians."

Archway ward ask

 

We hope to report back on this ask as a Space for Cycling success - but to make sure it happens, please respond to the consultation and sign the Space for Cycling petition to ensure councillors keep their Space for Cycling promises. 

 


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Cyclist killed on Leman St in Aldgate

A 57-year-old man has died in hospital after being hit while cycling on Leman St on Saturday morning at 7.05am. The driver was arrested at the scene. We understand that the cyclist was travelling north on Leman St when the motorist, who was travelling south, turned right across the cyclist’s path. Motorists turning right across the path of cyclists are the most common cause of serious injury in London. 

Rosie Downes, LCC Campaigns Manager, said: “The Mayor has prioritised improving the major junction at nearby Aldgate, but this latest fatality emphasises how crucial it is that the Mayor and Transport for London looks at the area as a whole. Leman St runs between Cycle Superhighways 2 and 3, and is the main way to reach Tower Bridge from the east of the City, yet offers no protection for cyclists. Tackling road danger on routes in isolation, without considering their connectivity, leaves unacceptable danger on our streets.

We extend our deepest sympathy to this man’s family and friends, and to everyone who has lost loved ones in collisions on London’s streets.”

The 57-year-old man is the 10th cyclist to have been killed in Tower Hamlets since 2011. Two weeks ago, 32 year old Ashad Ahmed was killed in a hit-and-run collision while cycling on Commercial Rd. 

 


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Fred the Magic Bicycle children's book launched on LCC website

Fred the Magic Bicycle

 

With rave reviews from small children and featured on the Bikehub blog (www.bikehub.co.uk/kidbikebooks/) Fred the Magic Bicycle is launched exclusively on the LCC website www.lcc.org.uk/shop . Signed preview copies will be available at the SPIN London Xmas event on December 5,6,7 at Rochelle School in Shoreditch.   

 

Unable to find a children’s book that featured a bicycle, LCC staffer Tom Bogdanowicz decided to write and publish one himself: - Fred the Magic Bicycle is now available through the LCC website shop and a third of the profit goes directly to LCC.

Tom explains:- “There were children’s books featuring lorries, trains, cars and buses but nothing with bicycles so I thought I’ll write one myself. I’m fortunate in having a sister-in-law who is a professional  illustrator and I persuaded her to draw and paint the lovely pictures. London Cyclists’ layout artist, Anita Razak, did the layouts and the book will be distributed though LCC. “

The story, for 0 to 6 year olds, deals with a subject that most London cyclists will be familiar with  – bike theft. Young Dominik’s new bicycle is stolen and he is distraught until his uncle Tom the magician helps out.  The book was written, illustrated and printed in London. It has 26 full colour pages, a durable paperback cover and measures 16cms square. Price £5

 


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Urgent action! We need safer lorry design now

Tell Transport Minister we need safer lorry design now, not in 12 years time

Safer, more aerodynamic HGV cab designs, which can save hundreds of lives, are supported in principle by EU politicians; however, some member states, led by France and Sweden, are trying to delay the revised designs until after 2025 after pressure from certain truck manufacturers.

There is no justification for this moratorium, as the new designs can be implemented on a voluntary basis. But it would appear that vehicle manufacturers in the countries who are leading the push for delaying the new designs don't want competitors to develop new designs before they do.

London Cycling Campaign has joined with the Campaign for Better Tranport to take action - so please use their simple form below to email Robert Goodwill  MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport, before decisions are made on Wednesday 10 December to press him to support changing this law to allow (but not mandate), more aerodynamic, safer lorry designs as soon as possible.

The new design will allow more direct vision to reduce blind spots and has a crumple zone to make sure pedestrians and cyclists are not knocked underneath the wheels in a collision.

The revision of this legislation, which allows for the extra cab space needed for the new cab designs, is supported by our Government and the official opposition as well as both the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

Statistics illustrate how crucial the new HGV cab designs are:

  • In London, lorries are involved in over half of cyclists' deaths even though they only made up 5% of traffic.
  • Government figures show that in the UK as a whole, HGVs were involved in 51% of fatal collisions on motorways - even though they only made up 11% of motorway traffic in 2012

Furthermore, the new aerodynamic designs will reduce fuel costs, which represent around a third of hauliers' costs, by up to 10%.

However, more lives will be needlessly lost if the introduction of new designs is delayed. Use the form below to email UK Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP. You can also copy your email to your local MP and the MEPs in your region. This is a direct link to the Campaign for Better Transport website subject to Organic Campaigns data privacy conditons.


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Deptford Broadway plans fail to deliver

 

Transport for London's consultation on proposed changes to Deptford Broadway closes next week (12 December). This is a stretch of road so dangerous it’s provoked media campaigns. Between 2008 and 2012, five cyclists were killed or seriously injured on Deptford Broadway.

Unfortunately, the proposals do little to improve things for pedestrians and they’re even worse for cyclists. Rather than offering the protected space for cyclists this road clearly needs, the only cycling ‘provison’ is sections of advisory cycle lane on the A2 and on Deptford Church St. Advisory lanes on busy junctions like this have been repeatedly shown not to protect cyclists from large and fast-moving traffic, and offer a false sense of security. Where segregated cycle track is proposed, it replaces existing segregated track outside Lewisham College – which is currently little used. In the current proposals, there’s no protected space for cyclists on any arm of the junction – there are left hook risks in all four directions.

Deptford Broadway plans

(Click on the image above for a larger version)

Approaching the junction heading south on Deptford Church St, cyclists are expected to merge with heavy, fast-moving traffic into an unprotected ‘ASL feeder lane’, leading to an advanced stop line which offers cyclists no advantage over the traffic behind. An ‘early start’ signal for cyclists could go some way to giving cyclists a chance of beating traffic across this large junction – though cyclists heading straight ahead (which most do) at peak time will then encounter an equally unpleasant cycling environment on Brookmill Rd, where cars are constantly parked in bays on this narrow road.

While it’s good to see that TfL are finally acknowledging that pedestrians might want to cross the junction with the provision of new signalised pedestrian crossings, it won’t be quick – pedestrians crossing on the west and northern arms of the junction will have to cross in two stages, and there’s no crossing on the east side of the junction at all. TfL say a signalised crossing on the east side was considered, but “rejected on the grounds of junction capacity and low pedestrian flows” (the latter being a direct result of how hostile the environment is currently for people on foot). 

All in all, it’s incredibly disappointing – particularly as LCC’s local group in the area, Lewisham Cyclists, visited the junction with three of TfL’s engineers and fed back what improvements need to be made – feedback which seems to have been ignored. Lewisham Cyclists have responded to the consultation and met with Transport for London to discuss their concerns. Lewisham Cyclists make the point that the junction is a great candidate for cycle segregated junction treatment, which removes the risk of cyclists being hit by turning traffic. You can read their response on their website.

Please tell Transport for London the plans aren't good enough - you can respond to the consultation using TfL's online survey, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you're replying to the consultation by email and you're happy for us or Lewisham Cyclists to use your comments, please copy your response to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Local Group News: December 2014

London Cycling Campaign has a network of over 30 Local Groups across London, one per borough. Find out what they've been up to in their December Newsletters! If you're an LCC member, you'll recieve your borough Newsletter in your latest edition of the London Cyclist Magazine.

Click on the links below to view your borough's December 2014 Newsletter:

If your borough hasn't produced a newsletter this time, you can always find out what they are up to by checking their website and social media pages.

Find out how to get involved with your local group: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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Space for Cycling Success in Hounslow!

In Hounslow, 35% of councillors promised to deliver local cycling improvements as part of  our Space for Cycling Campaign. 

  In Hanworth Ward, where two out of three Labour councillors supported Space for Cycling; we’re now seeing some progress!

 

 

As part of our Space for Cycling campaign around the local elections in May 2014, our local group in Hounslow (Hounslow Cycling Campaign) developed a list of local improvements they wanted to see in each electoral ward, which they asked councillors to support.

In Hanworth ward they are campaigning for protected space for cycling on Hounslow Road, in order to provide a safe route for people to cycle to the nearby Oriel Academy.

Hanworth Ward campaign demand

A continuous protected cycle route along both sides of Hounslow Road (A314)

The existing cycle route along Hounslow Road has street lamps positioned in the middle of it and the cycle route can often be blocked by the open car doors of vehicles parked on the pavement. We would like to see a high standard of protected space for cycling on this road that is physically separated from motor traffic and physically separated from car parking bays. Such a high quality space for cycling would be an attractive route to cycle to Oriel academy.

Success

Thanks to their fantastic campaigning efforts, local councillors in Hanworth ward not only listened and agreed with what they were asking for, but took quick action and the council are now consulting on plans to provide a protected cycle route on Hounslow Road (A314), from the River Crane bridge near Middlesex Crematorium all the way to Bear Road flyover.

Problems with current cycle lane

The existing cycle lane along Hounslow road is substandard; it’s narrow and often blocked by vehicles and poorly positioned road signs and lamp posts. There is also poor drainage at various places. This is a key route for getting to Oriel Academy, so it’s vital that a new cycle route is high quality, safe and good enough for everyone, including small children to cycle along.

Hounslow Road provision for cycling is currently poor

The council have proposed two options, A & B, for creating space for cycling on Hounslow Road. The proposed scheme includes both installing new protected cycle lanes, as well as reducing speed limits along the road to 20mph. The plans look promising and would be a welcome development; helping to encourage people of all ages and abilities to cycle on this route.

What do Hounslow Cycling Campaign think of the proposals?

Hounslow Cycling Campaign prefer option B, as the cycle lanes are more clearly separate from motor traffic which would make them safer (however they do have some concerns about specific aspects of the proposals which they’ll be raising with the council). 

You can read their blog post to read their thoughts in more detail

You can view the full proposed plans here and email your own response in support of better cycle lanes in Hanworth to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the 15th December 2014.

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Don't forget to Sign our latest petition to call on your council to support and deliver space for cycling

 



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MEDIA RELEASE: Londoners call on councils to keep their ‘Space for Cycling’ promises

Space for Cycling petition

People across London are calling on their council to ensure that promises to deliver safe space for cycling are kept.

London Cycling Campaign (LCC) has launched a petition asking council leaders to show support for space for cycling, and to ensure that councillors keep the promises made to residents ahead of the local elections earlier this year.

In May 2014, ahead of the local elections, LCC’S Space for Cycling campaign saw Londoners send over 85,000 emails to candidates, calling for safe and inviting streets. These calls led to 862 councillors across London committing to make changes in their ward required to create safe space for cyclingwith 100% from ruling parties in 7 boroughs. In 14 boroughs, the majority of councillors committed to delivering space for cycling across all parties These changes range from creating protected space for cycling on main roads and reducing traffic speeds to creating safe cycle routes to local schools. 

These much needed changes were identified by LCC’s network of Local Groups. If implemented, they would help to make London’s streets safe and inviting for anyone, of any age or ability, to cycle.

Research shows that many people would like to cycle, but currently feel unable to due to the lack of safe space for cycling. Whilst the Mayor of London is taking action on streets controlled by Transport for London, London’s councils, who control 95% of the city’s streets and have the power to create safe space for cycling, must follow suit – and make London a healthier, safer and more pleasant city in which to live, study and work in.

LCC’s Chief Executive Dr Ashok Sinha said:

“Getting the support of 862 councillors across London – that’s almost half of all of them - to commit to safe Space for Cycling earlier this year was fantastic achievement by our supporters.  Londoners now expect their councils to live up to their promises, making clear how they will do so as soon as possible.

LCC asked councillors for an update on progress in October 2014. 179 councillors responded to a personalised survey, with 157 indicating they were making some progress towards implementing the designated cycle improvement in their ward. But only 19 councillors expect to deliver the improvements within the next 12 months. 

Dr Ashok Sinha said:

“It’s fantastic to see some progress being made, and we’d like to thank those councillors who are taking their commitments seriously. We know that change won’t be immediate, but it’s high time that all councillors tell the public how they will try to meet their Space for Cycling promises.” 

London Cycling Campaign is now urging people to sign the petition calling on their council to prioritise space for cycling and ensure that councillors keep the promises made to local residents ahead of the local elections in May this year. They hope to demonstrate that safe space for cycling is important to local people and must be prioritised immediately Signatures will be handed over to Council Leaders in the new year.

The Space for Cycling campaign has been so successful in London that it has now been adopted at a national level by cycling organisations across the UK.

Further Information:

Ahead of local elections in May 2014, LCC members and supporters sent over 80 000 emails to thousands of candidates, asking them to pledge their support for the Space for Cycling campaign, and specifically, commit to delivering one key cycling improvement in their area, as outlined in LCCs list of ‘ward asks’.

The full list of cycle improvements can be found here.

In October 2014 LCC contacted councillors for an update on progress towards delivering the cycling improvements they committed to. To date, only 179 councillors have responded. Of those responses:

  • 119 councillors are making ‘significant progress’;
  • 39 are making ‘some progress’;
  • 23 have made ‘no significant progress’ towards implementing the cycle improvement
  • 19 councillors say they expect the space for cycling improvement to be delivered in the next 12 months 

Details of supportive councillors and progress made can be seen on LCCs Space for Cycling map

Party Support for Space for Cycling

  • There are 649 out of a total of 1060 (61%) Labour councillors supporting Space for Cycling. 99 Labour councillors have told us they have made ‘some’ or ‘significant’ progress towards the delivery the cycle improvement agreed to.
  • There are 112 out of a total of 612 (18%) Conservative councillors supporting Space for Cycling. 31 Conservative councillors have told us they have made ‘some’ or ‘significant’ progress towards the delivery the cycle improvement agreed to.
  • There are 69 out of a total of 116 (59%) Liberal Democrat councillors supporting Space for Cycling, 23 Liberal Democrat councillors have told us they have made ‘some’ or ‘significant’ progress towards the delivery the cycle improvement agreed to.
  • All 5 Green councillors, 27 Independent councillors and 1 UKIP councillor supporting Space for Cycling. 2 Green councillors have indicated they are making significant progress and 2 Independents have told us they are making ‘some’ progress.

 


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Campaigners share knowledge on political, policy and technical issues at the CTC-Cyclenation conference

We were pleased to host the CTC-Cyclenation conference on 22 November at Lambeth Town Hall - thanks to everyone who came along, and to our speakers and workshop presenters. We'll add presentations from the day to our website shortly, but in the meantime, here's our Storify of the event - thanks to those who we've quoted below!


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TfL launches another consultation on Elephant and Castle - but nothing much has changed for cycling

Elephant and Castle

Transport for London has just launched another consultation on proposed changes to Elephant and Castle - but unfortunately, not much has changed since we urged supporters to tell them that the plans for cycling aren't good enough.

The latest consultation, which will run until 22 December, can be seen at www.tfl.gov.uk/elephant - though you'll need to visit the previous consultation page to view the proposed changes to the road layout. Option B from the previous consultation, which TfL are progressing, does offer some space for cycling, but LCC thinks it's not good enough and there’s not enough of it.

Around 2000 cyclists travel through this junction at peak hour - but the planned tracks heading north will not have capacity for anything like that number, and additional traffic lights will delay cyclists. That means many people cycling will end up using the road, which actually becomes more hazardous for cyclists due to the increased risk of 'left hooks' - vehicles turning left across the cyclist's path - particularly at the junction of St George's Rd. Heading south, cyclists will have about 90 buses cutting in and out of their lane. There's also a lack of proper by-pass routes.

LCC's Infrastructure Review Group, in partnership with Southwark Cyclists, submitted an alternative proposal earlier this year which can be seen on the Southwark Cyclists website. In this scheme the roundabout is replaced by a simpler crossroads and T Junction, which can be synchronised to avoid traffic delay. Light controls at all junctions would prevent conflicts between left turning traffic and cyclists, and protected space would separate cyclists from buses. There's a clear need for a much better public transport interchange at Elephant and Castle, in a way that maximises pedestrian and cyclist safety and convenience.

You can read TfL's report on the previous consultation here.


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Mayor of London quizzed on superhighways and TfL conflict of interest

Caroline Pidgeon
The issue of the planned Cycle Superhighways came up at yesterday’s Mayor’s Question Time following a question by Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee – including the issue of whether Canary Wharf Group’s Finance Director Peter Anderson, who is also a TfL board member, should play a role in any decision made by the TfL Finance and Policy committee who are to discuss the superhighways next week. 

The Mayor described the North-South and East-West cycle superhighways as both “still works in progress… We had I think 20,000 responses including a huge amount of support. A lot of criticismas you know. What I can tell you – and I must reassure Londoners about this – I do understand the concerns that many people feel about aspects of the cycle superhighways and on both sides of the ledger – I know that the cyclists have a passionate desire for segregation; motorist groups are alarmed about some of the congestion issues that will arise. I’ve got to take a balanced view and do what is best for the city.”

Caroline Pidgeon thanked the Mayor for the update and emphasised that the plans are hugely popular with Londoners, with 80% supporting the consultation and 2 to 1 in a recent poll supporting the superhighways even if they result in longer journey times for motorists. But, she said, “We know there are powerful vested interests that have been publicly and privately opposing these plans.” She asked if Peter Anderson, TfL Board member and finance director of Canary Wharf Group, who are still very heavily lobbying against the plans, would be sitting on the committee that decides on the 25th November.

The Mayor replied: “Peter Anderson always declares his interests at the start of board meetings at TfL. We will take the decision as far as I know the normal way. I don’t think there’s any particular reason why he should recuse himself from that decision any more say than the taxi drivers or the minicab drivers should recuse themselves.” When asked if necessary, given that the role of the TfL board is to enable the Mayor’s Vision, the Mayor would use his power of direction on the TfL board to ensure that these segregated cycle superhighways go ahead, he responded: “I will make sure that we get a solution that is in the interests of London and of the London economy. I must make it clear though that I will not support measures that in my view result in excessive paralysis of the traffic.”

It’s concerning to see the Mayor of London talking about 'excessive paralysis of traffic' when evidence has shown that fears of London grinding to a halt are unfounded. While we accept that there may be delays in the short term, there will be a 40% increase in people working in central London Boroughs over the coming decades, and a very clear need for London’s workforce to be able to move around. Sir Peter Hendy has warned that overcrowding on London’s public transport system could lead to riots. If we want to avoid disorder or people returning to their cars to get to work – causing even more congestion - then investing in cycling superhighways like these is an absolute must.  New York has recently published evidence that shows that since installing protected bicycle lanes throughout the city, there has been a reduction of vehicle volumes as road users shifted to other modes – and journey times have improved in many areas.

We're also extremely concerned that the Mayor isn't taking a stronger line on the involvement of Peter Anderson: as we've said previously, around 80% of the 20,000 Londoners who responded to the consultation support the superhighway proposals; the Mayor of London has said himself that it’s time to reallocate road space; companies like RBS, Orange and Unilever have publicly supported the plans. Yet despite the overwhelming support for the plans, they’re at risk because of one extremely powerful individual who sits on the Transport for London board.

We'll be keeping a close eye on developments over the coming weeks.

A webcast of the Mayor's Question Time is available online - the cycle superhighways are discussed from 58 minutes in.


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Not dying is a low bar. Aim for happy cycling.

Rachel AldredThis is a guest blog post by Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, LCC Board member and Chair of the Elected Policy Forum. Here she writes about the Near Miss Project, which she set up to research, analyse and document cycling near misses. 

The title of this post is inspired by a feminist slogan I read: “Consent is a low bar. Aim for enthusiasm”.

On the streets, not dying is a low bar. But a really important one. I dream of not needing to worry about ending up at A&E in the morning, rather than at work.

And injury prevention's one of the motivations behind the Near Miss Project. We've got data on the kind of incidents where, but for luck or skill, someone could have ended up dying or with serious injuries. We are starting to explore these from an injury prevention perspective, looking at how infrastructural or other changes might help reduce the risk represented by these experiences.

We'll be able to pinpoint problematic commonalities of behaviour or road design and make recommendations for policy and practice. We hope this will contribute to making our roads less dangerous for cycling and reducing those risks which while in ‘absolute’ terms are low, remain unacceptably high. Unacceptably high in that most cycling deaths wouldn’t happen if we had a safer cycling system, of the sort that's four hours from Central London by train.

But I didn’t only want to focus on injury prevention. My background is in sociology. I’ve long been fascinated by what the organisation of public space tells us about societal values and inequalities. So something else we’re looking at in the Near Miss Project is the emotional impact of incidents, using this to explore how the city feels from the saddle.

Of course, we are predominantly getting the negative side in a project focusing on 'incidents'. On a good journey – and many journeys are good – nothing bad may happen, except the odd minor annoyance, which may be something we all need to learn to deal with better. I remember hearing about a study into levels of ‘frustration’ on greenways, and wondering whether I could imagine living or working in contexts where no one ever frustrated anyone else. (From a frustration point of view, I reckon even imperfect greenways generally beat meetings).

But if bad and inequitable experiences are structured into daily movement – by way of design, policy, legislation, practice and/or behaviour – then there is a problem. The literature suggests this is important. Emotional benefits from cycling are highly valued but threatened by poor cycling environments. (See my report for British Cycling on the Benefits of Investing in Cycling). So if cycling – which should be fun and joyful – is regularly becoming unpleasant and stressful, this is a big deal, and not only because injuries may result.

The Near Miss Project data includes lots on emotional impacts, and we'll be exploring which kinds of incidents are most stressful for cyclists. We can look at what other vehicles were involved (if any), what the road conditions were, what kind of incident it was. And through this, get a sense of why cycling can sometimes feel so intimidating or scary, and what can be done to reduce this, as well as to reduce injuries.

As part of the project I've had a lot of people contact me about their experiences. One thing that comes out clearly is that often it's not just one or another specific incident. People weave their experiences of incidents into a broader story about what cycling's like for them in their city, town or village. For example, Jenny (not her real name) writes:

'Having commuter-cycled solidly in London for 4 years I feel the hatred is getting worse and worse, and am at my wits’ end. Because I do not pedal in the gutter or door-zone, I am frequently the target of deliberate dangerous driving and abuse. The repeated attempts on my life (because that is what they are) are getting so bad that I keep having nightmares, particularly while I’m just nodding off. What I cannot know is how many times I have saved my life from those who do not wish me harm, and who could see me coming. I hope that by using some of those flight-or-fight chemicals by the actual exercise of cycling I might not get some serious anxiety-related symptoms, but I’m considering stopping the very thing that used to make me feel SO happy, SO liberated and independent.'

These kinds of feelings, and the effects they have on people, should influence street design, transport planning and policy. Jenny speaks of a continuum that ranges from everyday incivility to abuse and harassment. I think this has deep roots and involves infrastructural, legal, policy and cultural inequities. The motor dominated society in which we live structurally marginalises and intimidates those perceived to be weaker, slower, and less powerful.

Behaviour that would be outrageous elsewhere becomes normal in our streets. Just last week I had an ordinary experience riding on Middleton Road, a residential street and priority cycle route in Hackney – and also unfortunately a rat run. A van driver overtook me with inches to spare, apparently annoyed at my leaving a door's width from the parked cars. I caught up with him at the next junction, saying 'You were too close there' as I passed. He leant on the horn hard and gave me the finger to show me what he thought of this.

Risking my life, and then abusing me: a normal experience on our streets and a sign of how motor dominance makes public space hostile for those outside a motor vehicle. Of course, cyclists are not immune from this kind of behaviour. Last week I also heard a man riding on the canal towpath shout abuse at parents whose kids were having fun 'in the way' – the same attitude as the van driver, if not the same level of horsepower.

But those who cycle and walk – or would like to, if the streets were safer and more inviting – are disproportionately harmed by structural inequalities and violence on our streets. We all have much to gain from a more humane system prioritising happiness and health over power, time and speed.

 


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