I'm pleased to see this fellow's GoFundMe page doing so well. It's nearly up to £40,000 after just a couple of days. For those who don't know the story, Robert Hazeldean was cycling in London when a pedestrian stepped out in front of him and the two collided. The pedestrian was looking at her phone… Continue reading Cyclist has to pay pedestrian who walked out in front while looking at phone
Prioritising people over cars
Have you ever wondered why pedestrians have to push a button and then wait at intersections before crossing the road? Why isn't it the other way around with cars having to push a button and then waiting before driving through the intersection? It was a question that popped into my head after reading a recent… Continue reading Prioritising people over cars
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
Part-pedestrianisation of Broad St
To say I was disappointed when the Aberdeen City Council announced in June 2016 they were to go ahead with a part-pedestrianisation of Broad St is to say I'm unmoved by a bit of snow. Perhaps I get too emotional about these things but just as I'm overjoyed to see snow, I was deeply saddened… Continue reading Part-pedestrianisation of Broad St
The Christmas markets and some new boots
The Christmas markets have opened in Aberdeen already. I'm sure they start it earlier and earlier each year. This year it's a little bit special because it's on the newly pedestrianised Broad Street. The Aberdeen City Council has been promising pedestrianisation of the city centre for about a decade now and finally they've managed to… Continue reading The Christmas markets and some new boots
Should cyclists be allowed to run red lights?
People like to complain about cyclists: "They don't obey the law," "They run red lights," etc. I've seen cyclists go through red lights before but I don't object when they do it. Why not? I'll try to explain using a situation I found myself in today. I was on my bike with kids inside at an… Continue reading Should cyclists be allowed to run red lights?
An article appeared in the Guardian on boxing day which I somehow missed and just read this morning. The author recounts a recent event where she was crossing the road on foot when a cyclist mowed her down, knocking her to the ground. The cyclist didn't stop while motorists in cars who were stopped got out… Continue reading Evil cyclists
Star Wars and cycling
We took the kids to see Star Wars today. On the cycle ride home I had to dash across four lanes of traffic to get across a bridge that has no crossing for pedestrians or cyclists. I did the same thing yesterday only yesterday a gallant young man stood in the middle of the road… Continue reading Star Wars and cycling
Phones calls, traffic, the bridge and beards
Daniel, who is 7 years old, got his first phone call the other day. I answered the phone and heard a young boy politely introduce himself and then ask to speak to Daniel. Completely stunned, I handed the phone to Daniel who was just as surprised as I was and then I heard them discuss… Continue reading Phones calls, traffic, the bridge and beards