Cycling & Other Blogs
Copenhagenize, Voleospeed, Hembrow, Londonneur, I bike London
- Rachel Aldred’s blog
- Vole O’Speed by David Arditti
- A View from the Cycle Path by David Hembrow
- The Ranty Highwayman ideas from a professional engineer
- Cyclists in the City by Danny Williams
- GB Cycling Embassy
- I Bike London by Mark Ames
- Londonneur by Toby Jacobs
- As Easy as Riding a Bike by Mark Treasure
- Copenhagenize – Bicycle Culture and Design by Mikael Colville-Andersen
- Ban Private Cars in London ~ Reclaim the streets for cyclists and pedestrians by Victoria Readhead
Guardian Bike Blog
Other local blogs
London Cycle Groups
- London Cycling Campaign
- Barnet LCC
- Brent Cyclists
- Bromley Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- City Cyclists via LCC (LCC) website at www.citycyclists.org.uk has not been updated for several years
- Croydon LCC
- Ealing Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Enfield Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Greenwich Cyclists (LCC)
- Hackney Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Hammersmith & Fulham (LCC)
- Haringey Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Harrow Cyclists (via LCC) (LCC) (harrowcyclists.org.uk no longer works July 2016)
- Havering Cyclists (LCC)
- Hounslow Cycling Campaign(LCC)
- Cycle Islington (LCC)
- RBKC Cycling (LCC Kensington and Chelsea)
- Kingston Cyclists (LCC)
- Lambeth Cyclists (LCC)
- Lewisham Cyclists (LCC)
- Merton Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Newham Cyclists (LCC)
- Redbridge(LCC). Don’t appear to have a website (March 2015)
- Richmond Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Southwark Cyclists (LCC)
- Sutton (LCC)
- Tower Hamlets Wheelers (LCC)
- Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Wandsworth Cycling Campaign (LCC)
- Westminster Cycling Campaign (LCC)
Non LCC groups
Non-London Cycle Groups
- CTC (formerly the Cyclists Touring Club)
- Cycle Campaign Network
- Sustrans & the National Cycle Network
- The Tandem Club UK
- Cambridge Cycling Campaign
- Pedals – Nottingham Cyclists
- Rough Stuff Fellowship
- Bicycling Life (USA)
- International Human Powered Vehicle Association(IHPVA)
European Cyclists Federation links
- Camden Council
- Camden Council page on cycling
- Camden Cycle Shops – on map
- Ham & High (local newspaper)
- Camden New Journal (local newspaper)
- Camden Town Online
- Camden Local Life – listing of Camden’s organisations
- Camden Lock Market
- Covent Garden Life
- Argent (Kings Cross Railway Lands developer)
Report Bike Thefts on line
- Metropolitan Police Online Crime Reporting Go to this webpage to report any crime on line and get a reference number
- Contact your local representatives Site that enables you to contact your MEP, and London Assembly member and local councillors. (Just give your postcode).
- Find out about your MP Go to this webpage to find out what your MP has been doing for you
- Hansard – text of govt. debates
- UK Parliament – home page
- What EDMs has your MP signed? Early Day Motions
DTLR (Dept of Transport, Local Goverment & the Regions)
- TSRGD The DfT’s TSRGD (Traffic Signs and General Directions)
- Transport Research Laboratory
- Air Quality
- Highway Code
Greater London Authority (GLA)
UK and International links
Information Sources – UK
- Why Cycle? Advice for potential & new cyclists
- Noise mapping England Look at the noise in your area
- Folding Society – devoted to folding bikes
- A-B Magazine– folding & electric bicycles, & trailers
- John Franklin – ‘Cyclecraft’
- Association of Cycle Traders (ACT)
- Bike Culture & Encycleopedia
- Workbike.org – freight bike resource
- Environmental Transport Association
- Roadkill Bill – cartoon character
- Police Auctions – second hand bikes in London
- Wheel Building
- ‘New Civil Engineer’ magazine
- Safe Routes to Schools from Sustrans
- Bryan’s Bicycle Page masses of info on bikes & cycling
- Cycling by Train reservations, hours permitted on each carrier, bike parking
- Cycling by Train (2015 leaflet) lists each carrier and its regulations
- Walking for health – NHS advice
Information Sources – Outside of UK
- Bike Express they use a coach and trailer to drop and pick up cyclists in France
- Sheldon Brown on cycling in France
- Trento Bike page on cycling in many countries
- Car Free Cities – a superb source of ideas & inspiration
- Bicycling Life cycling as an everyday part of life
- International Bicycle Fund
- Para-cycle – combining cycling & flying!
- New Colonist – compact urban living
- Opinions on relaxing motorist speed enforcement
- Right of Way dedicated to the rights of car-free users
London links (incl. Met Police, theft, TfL)
Met Police (reporting and safety), Advice on accident and theft, London Cycle Hire, London cycle network, LCDS, air quality, critical Mass.
Information Sources – London
- Met Police Includes Form for reporting dangerous drivers
- What to Do in Case of An Accident – Now with civil info – London Fixed-gear and Single-speed
- http://www.findthatbike.co.uk/ – records all the bikes on sale via various websites
- http://stolen-bikes.co.uk/ – register stole bikes here
- Metropolitan Police Online Crime Reporting Go to this webpage to report any crime on line and get a reference number
- What to do if your bike is stolen – London Fixed-gear and Single-speed
- London Cycle Hire Scheme Go here to register for membership
- London Cycle Network – Official Website, online maps
- LCDS 2– London Cycle Design Standards 2014
- Bugbugs … London’s Pedicab Service
Transport Statistics and reports and online casualty or flow maps
- London Cycling Census Map. TfL Traffic Census April 2013.
- Levene’s casualty map. 2005-2012
- DfT Maps with counts. For 2000- 2012.
- On line Casualty maps. Guide by Twentys Plenty
- Cycling trends at Kings Cross. From 1999-2010.
- Traffic counts. DfT From 1999-2010.
- Pedal cyclist collisions and casualties in Greater London Transport for London. (intermediate Sept 2011)
- Effect of 20 mph traffic speed zones on road injuries in London, 1986-2006: controlled interrupted time series analysis. BMJ.
- Map of deaths and serious in London 2006-2011. Please be aware that is is not complete, especially for earler years (for 2009 two crashes are missing, 2008: two, 2007: five, 2006: ten).
- Casualties in Greater London during the first three months of 2009. Transport for London.
- Casualties in Greater London during 2008. Transport for London.
- Pedal Cyclist Fatalities Involving Goods Vehicles From January 1999 – May 2004, LRSU.
- Transport Statistics Great Britain 2011. Department for Transport.
- Transport Statistics Bulletin: Road Casulaties Q2 2009. Department for Transport.
- Pedal cyclist casualties in Greater London Street Management. London road safety Unit. April 2005. Shows years back to 1981
- Regional Transport Statistics 2006
- OSM Bus map
- Metropolitan Police Crime Statistics recorded each month by borough since 1999 and kept very much up to date,
Links to environmental groups
Links to other types of resources, like environmental groups
- Reclaim the Streets
- London Remembers page on Ghost Bikes commemorating Cyclists deaths
- Friends of the Earth
- Transport 2000
- Council for the Protection of Rural England
- Greenpeace UK
- London Permaculture Festival
- Undercurrents: ‘video activism’
- Living Streets
- Slower Speeds Initiative
- Re-cycle – bikes to less developed countries
- Rising Tide – network against climate change
- Sustrans Safe Routes to Schools – resorces for parents, teachers, young people and practictioners
- Tree Matters – North London tree surgeons
Debates and controversies
- Cycle Helmets.org
- Cycle Helmet: Friend or Foe? by Mayer Hillman
- Risk Compensation and Helmet Wearing a debate between Hillman and others
- Do cyclists pay road tax Cambridge Cycling Campaign article. This article is reprinted from ‘London Cyclist’, April/May 2006
Links Collected during the segregation debate Feb 2007
Views for and against cycle tracks and other facilities
- Cycling Facilities are the wrong solutionTony Raven, on Cambridge Cycling campaign website.
- Cyclists as equals? David Henbrow, on Cambridge Cycling campaign website.
- Camden Cycling Campaign Survey on attitudes to cycle tracks, carried out in Byng Place, Feb 2004.
- Amusing German view of their cycle tracks
- Amusing Dutch view of their cycle tracks
- Three lessons for a better cycling futureMalcolm J Wardlaw. BMJ.
- Passenger Transport in the Netherlands Key Figures 2004 & Road Safety in the Netherlands Key Figures 2006 This is in Dutch.
- The Risks of Bicycling Dr. Eero Pasanen.
- Bicycle accidents and drivers’ visual search at left and right turns Dr. Eero Pasanen et al.
- Paul Gannon made in 2005 Analysis of Pasanen’s paper. Only available to people who subscribe to lcc-issues yahoo group.
- Road Casualties Great Britain 2005 especially Table 52;
Effectiveness of training
- The effectiveness of child cycle training schemes
- Safety implications of bicycle paths at signalized intersections
How people travel
- Cycling Personal travel fact sheet. Figures from the DfT
The following is full of useful references:
- Cycle path safety: A summary of research John Franklin.
Links collected for Going Dutch Campaign 2011
Talk by David Arditti, 18 August 2011
CROW: Dutch Design manual for bicycle traffic
From Shaun McDonald
I’m just back from a lovely cycle trip to France, Belgium and the Netherlands, and have a few observations from the trip that may by of interest for improving your document further. I think that added some concrete examples/photos from where things are working elsewhere will add more weight to the document.
With regards to the cycle lanes, many of the cycle lanes were separated from motor vehicles, which made it feel a lot safer to cycle:
- by plastic poles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/6139927193/in/set-72157627529325675
- kerb stones with plastic poles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/6140478592/in/set-72157627529325675/
- solid kerb over a bridge: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/5001836618/in/set-72157624857762933
When cycling across junctions, the cycle lane is kept intact, with those turning left across the flow of traffic having the opportunity to cross the junction and wait in front of the cars turning going straight over, so that you don’t need to cross several lanes of traffic:
Potentially take cyclists on to the pavement, with carries to keep it clear of pedestrians, for those turning left, without needing to do a scary move across multiple lanes:
Where the cycle path is closed for maintenance a diversion is created on quiet roads, with clear signage. In this case there was even blocks put out to reduce cars using the junction:
Where a cycle lane moves from being on road to being a track on the pavement, I’d like a ban on the UK obsession of double ninety degree bends to hit lamp posts, and instead have something more akin to this lovely smooth transition:
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/6139924269/in/set-72157627529325675 yeah, it could be a even smooth with even less of a bend.
At traffic signals and many other junctions cyclists heading straight on have priority over those turning right. The motor vehicle just sit there patiently behind you waiting on you to clear the junction, with no aggression whatsoever:
An example of a crap migration from cycle path to cycle lane:
At one point cycling through the Netherlands on a cycle path with a low hedgerow between myself and the road, I noticed the cars slowing to sit behind me. A few moments later the cycle path came to an end, at the start of the village and the cars just waited for myself and the other cyclist I was with and gave us priority, that really amazed me that there was no give way markings for the bikes, and the cars just automatically gave way to cyclists, making it a very pleasant journey.
The other guy I was with was stopping at times, which confused drivers, especially where cyclists had priority where you wouldn’t normally expect it in Britain.
Cyclists having priority at side roads, especially where there are cycle paths:
And taken round the back of petrol stations/bus stops:
To avoid conflict with pedestrians there is a grass verge between the pedestrians and cyclists:
At narrow points, such as bridges make sure that cyclists are not in the line of cars:
Where practical, nice wide cycle paths under major roads, ideally minimising the downhill/uphill for cyclists:
Making one way streets two way for cyclists:
Signage specifically for cyclists, rather than motorists, is another important one.
On the promenade, there was a lane, with a different colour of brick. The pedestrians (barring some tourists) are much better at keep off that lane, which was very well used. The waiters/waitresses heading from the restaurants to the outdoor dining areas opposite done an impressive job of timing it to cross the cycle lane in the gaps. Cyclists also made minor adjustments to their speed to allow them to do so more effectively:
Nice wide ramps to take your bike up and down beside steps:
The UK really needs to ban the use of barriers on cycle paths, they are a barrier to cycling, rather than a way of encouraging it. This was the biggest barriers that I came across on my trip on the other side of the channel:
Here’s a few from the UK:
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/4961269533/ If I have both panniers on they require me to lift my bike over.
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/smsm1/4961868800/ which is still there from before last year’s SkyRide, and is a trip hazard, and pinch point, and I don’t know how to get it removed!
Personally I’m not convinced by advance stop lanes, I’m coming to the thinking that in many places it’s better to have the separate turn lane, so doing the junction in two manoeuvres would make in experienced cyclists feel safer.
And to round the mail off, the Belgians really know how to do a bar bike, with the beer on tap, rather than just bottled as with the London bar bikes:
Full photo sets from my cycle trip to France/Belgium/Netherlands:
Construction logistics and cyclist safety
TRL report for TfL released Feb 2013
Links to papers on traffic management, walking, cycling schemes, speed reduction, cycling in green spaces
Mayor’s Vision 2013
References for use when replying to traffic management consultations
- Department for Transport: Cycle Infrastructure DesignLocal Transport Note 2/08 October 2008
References related to speed enforcement
References related to Cycling in Green Spaces
Reports and information
Mayor Vision, All Party Cycling, Urban Movement compendium, map sites, route finding, speed reduction, cycling in green spaces
- The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London. GLA March 2013
- Report from Enquiry of All party parliamentary cycling group. April 2013
- Urban Movement Cycling in the City, a compendium of International Practice
Traffic impact of Highway Capacity Reductions: Assessment of the Evidence. Sally Cairns, Carmen Hass-Klau, Phil Goodwin
Disappearing Traffic, Cairns, Atkins and Goodwin (2002)
- Google Maps – world wide and work with other software
- Street Map
- Multi Map – world wide
- Open Street Map