John Whitelegg (Stockholm Environment Institute)
“Mobility measured crudely in terms of how many kilometres we move around every day has nothing whatsoever to do with quality of life, rich human interaction, satisfaction, happiness and a detailed knowledge and familiarity with places and the things we chose to do in those places.” Continue reading
Mayor Johnson at launch of “mini-Operation Safeways” (Photo: Evening Standard)
Yesterday Mayor Johnson announced a reprise of last winter’s “Operation Safeway” with claims that this policing programme will increase cyclist safety. We are very much in favour of law enforcement as a crucial element in reducing danger for cyclists and other road users – but we doubt that the “mini- Operation Safeways” announced will be it. Unless the lessons from Operation Safeway are learned – and there is no sign that they have been – TfL and MPS will continue to fail Londoners by not providing non-discriminatory and effective law enforcement. Here’s why: Continue reading
If you are interested in making your submission to this, look here. Ours is below here: Continue reading
As you may have noticed, the Road Danger Reduction Forum website was hacked into and compromised a few days ago. We are getting it back together and hope to return shortly with a more secure and better site – please bear with us while we do! UPDATE: 27th April: Our site is being revamped and normal service is beingr esuled..Don’t forget the Big Bike Ride in London on April 28th (or its Edinburgh equivalent)
Transport professionals can spend too much time debating among themselves in the specialist transport press .
So RDRF Chair Dr. Robert Davis thought it time to give some support to the columnist “Hedgehog” in the mass circulation Private Eye. “Hedgehog” had been opposing proposed cuts in speed cameras and pointed out, among other things, that existing criteria for installation are far slacker than those required in safety regimes other than those of “road safety”. Unusually for a mass publication, he has also raised the central RDR issue of low cycling and walking casualty numbers often being associated with more, not less, danger on the road deterring walking and cycling. This drew the wrath from the usual quarters, so here’s the reply: Continue reading
The RDRF has had a friendly enough relationship with top transport commentator Christian Wolmar for some time – he gave the keynote speech at our Leicester conference way back in the 90s – although I’ve been disappointed that he’s stayed too far over in the “road safety”, as opposed to road danger reduction, camp.
But there’s no doubt about his latest piece for Transport Times http://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/2010/09/norman-save-cycling-money/ where he is absolutely spot on in opposing any threat to the existence of Cycling England. Continue reading