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'int technology brilliant?

As a transport planner, I’m well aware that the constant promise that technology will save us from having to change our behaviour – whether it’s electric vehicles, flying cars or even teleportation (I wish) – is a load of nonsense and good old fashioned walking and cycling are all most of our towns and cities need to become much more sustainable and liveable places. However, I also recognise that technology can have a really positive role in helping us plan for walking and cycling. Too often in the past, walking and cycling journeys have been virtually invisible. There’s a saying “we count what we care about” and until recently that’s largely been cars, cars and more cars. But now there’s...

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Making trials inclusive

In last week’s blog about the various barriers to inclusive cycling, one of the barriers I talked about was routes being too narrow and cited a pop up cycle lane that had been recently installed. There was quite a lot of chat about this on Twitter so, in this week’s post, I’ll be expanding on that topic by looking at some other examples where trials and pop up infrastructure have not been inclusive and talk about what we should be doing going forward.

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That's how I roll - barriers

A lot of cycling campaigners are passionate about creating inclusive infrastructure that is accessible for all whether that’s disabled people, families with trailers or tagalongs or even cargo bikes. Most people are well aware of the problems that barriers on cycle routes cause, namely that they exclude lots of legitimate users while often being pretty ineffective at keeping out motorbikes. This irony, unfortunately, seems to be lost on a lot of local authorities meaning new barriers are still being installed and it’s an issue campaigners have to spend a lot of mental energy on. This is despite the fact that barriers are effectively outlawed by the Equality Act. However, while barriers are a very visible, well… barrier to disabled people, there...

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Tactical Urbanism - The problem with trials

You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m quite a big fan of tactical urbanism and trials. And I am… at least in theory. However, like all things, we need to be trialling the right things in the right places and the trials need to be done well. Otherwise, they can backfire and leave you in a worse position than if you’d done nothing at all.  So, in this week’s blog we’ll be diving into what trials are, why they can a definitely a good thing, why trials go wrong, and what you need to consider if you’re planning to do one. As the vast majority of trials are done by council’s this post focuses mainly on their role but I hope...

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