Various information having to do with cycling.


Traffic violence:


Cities and Counties…


  • London 5-13 November 2013: 6 cyclists were killed in London in a 2 week period
    • Q: Should we be surprised that this happens at some point in recent history?
    • A: “the chance of getting at least 6 deaths in any 2-week window over 8 years is estimated to be 2.4%. For whatever reason, this is therefore a surprising cluster.”
    • Analysis is HERE.


  • Sanders, Rebecca L., 2014. Perceived traffic risk for cyclists: The impact of near miss and collision experiences. Accident Analysis & Prevention, Volume 75, February 2015, Pages 26–34
    • Perceived traffic risk is not monolithic: certain dangers are more worrisome.
    • Worries about traffic negatively influence non-regular cyclists’ decision to ride.
    • Regular cyclists bicycle despite frequently worrying about certain traffic dangers.
    • Both collisions and near misses influence cyclists’ perceptions of traffic risk.
    • Near miss data may be critical to understanding traffic risk for cyclists.


  • Understanding Uncertainty: Fatality risk on Boris-bikes?
    • 23,000,000 cycle hires in London (December 2010 to 7 July 2013)
    • 1.5 miles cycled per hire
    • equals 34,000,000 miles cycled
    • DfT: 22 people riding bicycles killed per billion km (620,000,000 miles) in 2011
    • equals 28,000,000 miles cycled before expecting a fatality
    • Thus not surprising there was a fatality (30% chance that it would have taken this long)



  • Local authority highways maintenance funding: 2015/16 – 2020/21
    • “England’s local road network is one of our most highly valued infrastructure asset, at around £400 billion. Maintaining them so that they are safe, serviceable and reliable is vital to the economy and the social well-being of communities.”
    • “The Department considered whether cycling and walking should form part of a maintenance challenge fund and there was considerable support for this idea from cycling groups and the general public. We therefore recognise that we could consider including an element of funding for cycling and walking within a proposed Challenge Fund or alternatively reflect them within the revised funding formula.”





I want deaf people to feel the joy that cycling brings. I also want people who are driving their car to be able to enjoy listening to the radio. That said, I don’t cycle with headphones because I’m too scared of idiot drivers on the road and I want to be as prepared as possible to escape from them when they overtake me on blind corners, for example. Alas, it seems some our (over?) Lords still prefer to play the blame the victim game: Lord Scott of Foscote.



What colour car do you drive or ride in?


You can never be too careful when out for a walk -you never know who you might bump into!

You can never be too careful when out for a walk -you never know who you might bump into!


If you want to wear a helmet then go right ahead. Will you wear one whilst doing the gardening? Having a shower? Going for a walk? Driving along in a car?

Motoring Helmet

A helmet for motorists produced in the 1980’s by an Australian company called Davies, Craig.

Investing in cycling - in numbers (click for larger view)

Investing in cycling – in numbers (click for larger view)

Costs & Economy





  • Cycling England and Bikeability budgets
    • Ahead of the 2015 general election, the Conservative party published a document which claimed that, if elected, a Labour government would, at a cost of £63m, resurrect ‘Cycling England’ which the coalition government shut down on 1 April 2011.
    • Two written answers in the House of Lords on 6 January 2015 were used to back up the claim:
    • The implication is that the government has reduced spending on cycling, as if that is a good thing!, from £63m to about £12m
    • This is disingenuous.
    • In November 2014 the deputy PM stated that the current government had “more than doubl[ed] funding for cycling to £374 million in 2011 to 2015”
    • “Cycling England did not cost £63m to run – it had an operational budget of less than £200,000 per year and, via experts, advised the Department for Transport on how to spend its cycling budget” (reference: BikeBiz)
    • The rest of the Cycling England budget was spent in ways similar to today; just that now a politician gets to claim the credit for handing out the cash!
    • Bikeability training was first funded in 2006 and continues to this day:


This & That

  • Trip Predictions from 2015 to 2014 (DfT, 24 Nov 2014):
    • Walking trips per person: DECLINE from 307.4 to 290.2
    • Cycling trips per person: DECLINE from 22.1 to 20.5
    • Bus trips per person: DECLINE from 86.3 to 64.0
    • Rail trips per person: DECLINE from 24.4 to 23.7
    • Car passenger trips per person: DECLINE from 231.8 to 211.8
    • Car driver trips per person: INCREASE from 447.6 to 507.0


Cycle Lanes…

Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport on 10th March 2015 (see context HERE): The implementation of the provisions for civil enforcement of mandatory cycle lanes in Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 would result in the installation by local authorities of camera-based systems to identify contraventions by motorists. Such changes would not be introduced without first consulting with motorists, cyclists and local authorities to establish the merits, or otherwise, of increasing camera-based enforcement. Those powers will not be implemented in this Parliament.

Pavement Parking…

Living Streets – ‘Protect our Pavements’ campaign:

Pavement parking is a pain for everyone, but it’s particularly an issue for those with mobility problems, parents with pushchairs and older people, who may fear leaving their homes as they feel unsafe. As well as making it difficult for people to use their streets, it can also cause substantial damage to pavements. This costs councils tens of thousands of pounds each year to repair.

Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary Department for Transport on 10th March 2015 (see context HERE):

In London there is a general ban on parking on the footway. In the rest of England there is no such prohibition but traffic authorities have wide-ranging powers to prevent people parking on the pavement and my Rt Hon Friend the Minister of State for Transport, Baroness Kramer, wrote to all English traffic authorities on 27 June 2014 to remind them of this.

Baroness Kramer Liberal Democrat 13th October 2014 (see context HERE):

I wrote to all English Traffic Authorities on 27 June 2014 to remind them of their existing, wide-ranging powers to prevent people from parking on the pavement where it is a problem. We have also published a range of guidance documents for traffic authorities highlighting the difficulties that pavement parking causes for pedestrians and detailing ways that it can be prevented. Her Majesty’s Government does not keep records of the total cost of damage caused by cars parking on pavements as this is matter for local highway authorities.

Guide Dogs – Minister for Transport responds to campaigners on Pavement Parking (11 September 2014)

We welcome the Minister’s response, however, both Guide Dogs and most local authority councillors (78% according to our survey) believe a nationwide law is needed in order to really tackle the problem.

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