Engine idling and nobody in London needs an SUV

As regular readers of my blog will know, one of my pet peeves is when people sit in their cars with the engine running. This happens a lot outside primary school gates where children gather and inhale the fumes. Pollution from motor vehicles is especially harmful to children because they are smaller and absorb more… Continue reading Engine idling and nobody in London needs an SUV

Motorist hits cat and doesn’t stop

As we were walking to school this morning we saw a motorist run over a cat. The motorist didn't stop and the cat was screaming in agony in the middle of the road. We gently picked her up and went door-knocking to find the owner. She was badly injured but still alive. A cyclist also… Continue reading Motorist hits cat and doesn’t stop

Prince Philip is setting a bad example

Last week Prince Philip was involved in a car crash after pulling out of the Sandringham estate in his Land Rover and onto the A149. He's received a lot of criticism for driving at 97 years old and many people are calling for him to relinquish his licence. The whole affair has outraged me but… Continue reading Prince Philip is setting a bad example

We need cars to escape the destruction caused by cars

A friend recently pointed out this 1973 essay on cars - The social ideology of the motorcar. It's a little bit socialist but if you ignore those bits, the points it makes about cars are even more relevant today than they were back in 1973. The author André Gorz, starts by explaining how cars are… Continue reading We need cars to escape the destruction caused by cars

Killing machines

I want to demonstrate a similarity I've noticed between racism and bias against cyclists. Have you ever noticed our unconscious bias towards minority groups like Black British people or African Americans means that if one member of the group does something wrong, the entire group is tarnished? If one African American commits a crime then… Continue reading Killing machines

Pollution from cars is harmful to children

Air pollution from motor vehicles is harmful to humans but especially harmful to children. We know it can damage the growth of their lungs, raise the risk of asthma and allergies, affect brain development and intelligence, raise the risk of heart disease and cancer, and it even affects unborn children in their mother's womb. But… Continue reading Pollution from cars is harmful to children

But I once saw a cyclist go through a red light …

Why do people feel the need to tell me this? It's not my job to defend cyclists who go through red lights just as it's not my job to defend motorists who go through red lights. Or motorists who drink and drive. Or motorists who speed. Or motorists who go the wrong way down a… Continue reading But I once saw a cyclist go through a red light …

Shared spaces

I want to write about shared spaces. These are road spaces that everyone shares - pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, buses, and taxis. Rather than segregating users into their own space, all signalling and road markings are removed and everyone is thrown in together. The theory is that if you remove all the road markings, traffic lights,… Continue reading Shared spaces

Haddo House and Country Park

Things didn't go quite according to plan today. We booked the nearest car-club car this morning but it had a flat battery. We've been members of the car club for two years now and this is only the second time this has happened. Fortunately there was another car-club car nearby and so they switched our booking… Continue reading Haddo House and Country Park

What Traffic Fumes Do to Our Children

I copied the following factsheet from George Monbiot's blog, Car Sick. He is encouraging people to share it: https://twitter.com/GeorgeMonbiot/status/838655094816112640 I shared it with our local primary school on Twitter in the hope they might share it with parents. They did not. I also shared it on the school Facebook page but only one person liked it.… Continue reading What Traffic Fumes Do to Our Children

A rant … feeling better already

I have just read the most extraordinary articles and need to have another rant to calm myself down. A friend of mine in Christchurch hinted that there had been some objections to building bicycle paths in the city and so I searched to find out more. Big mistake that was! I should not have read… Continue reading A rant … feeling better already

Cycling in the rain: BRING IT ON!

I got completely drenched cycling the kids to school this morning. But as I was peddling along and struggling to see through the curtain of rain battering my face the glass half full part of me was happy about one thing: the fresh, clean air. I, and all the other people in the city, have to inhale the… Continue reading Cycling in the rain: BRING IT ON!

Another rant

I just read that a wealthy Aberdeen oil tycoon and his wife have donated £10 million to the hospital in Aberdeen for a new car park. Apparently the wife went to visit friends at the hospital and had problems finding a park. Here's how I feel about this: https://media.giphy.com/media/xTiTnslZ0E5sqMbEac/giphy.gif Car parking is not a good investment for… Continue reading Another rant