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Member since Apr 2013 • Last active Aug 2020
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  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    ^ well usually the aims are to eliminate rat running (i.e. no motor through traffic) and disincentivise local resident car trips in favour of walking or cycling.

    A v v quick look and this appears to work around odessa. I'm sceptical of one way streets in principle but I presume they will be one way except cycles. And it should only be local car/van traffic using those one way streets north of you.

    If you don't drive you'll probably find this is great.

    If you do drive and cycle you'll also probably find it great. It will mean your house is still accessible by car but the route(s) you take will change and will become much more limited - via dames road only.

    Reducing local residents' car access and "mobility" is the contraversial bit. Your neighbours who drive but don't cycle will kick off at having more inconvenience added to their already stressful driving environment in London. They will say car trips will be displaced to other roads making congestion worse and they will say their car trips will get longer and therefore they will be polluting the neighbourhood more. All their complaints will miss the point that because road capacity for cars will decrease and car trips will be disincentivised, then overall trip making will change and there will be more walk and cycle trips as a result of the scheme.

    I can show you around Islingtons low traffic neighbourhoods if you ever around quietway 2 around the canal east of Angel - St Peters LTN and Canonbury East LTN

  • in Rider Down
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    Sorry to hear about your accident and hope you get back on a ride soon.

    But no rush. I took a bad fall in a similar way a few years ago, and after three months of crutches I found i enjoyed a slower pace - not all the time, mostly on shorter rides round town - so as part of my recovery i ended up getting this bike out of the shed and found i really enjoyed it inbetween longer rides https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/3132­11/#comment13956369

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    It means there's no longer any through-routes within the traffic cell bordered by southgate, baring, new n, essex, balls pond.

    Heres a map trying to show these changes:

    As i mentioned, i think the map and islington comms could do with being clearer.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    Bit of a long report from Islington's "people friendly streets":

    Good to see Islington install their second low traffic neighbourhood this week, in Canonbury East (i.e. west of De Beauvoir, east of Essex Road). This joins up with their first in St Peter's near the canal which went live in early July, and eliminates through-motor-traffic along the short section of Quietway 2 in the borough. I took my friends on an unhurried car-free ride starting with a coffee at De Beauvoir Square, down to Tottenham Court Road and enjoyed a stroll in car-free Soho - new to cycling they loved it.

    In St Peter's, I've seen more families and kids out on bikes enjoying the space that has been unlocked with only a few bollards. Earl of Essex, Duke of Cambridge, Pophams all very enjoyable, as is the Narrowboat, as will be the Island Queen (when it reopens) and fingers crossed for the Bill Murray.

    Prioritising these two areas in Islington for low traffic neighbourhoods is probably a small part of the legacy of the quietways programme. In principle the programme was deeply flawed for lots of reasons, however with continued activism in the years since, the council is now moving on from the indirect, incoherent route-based white-paint approach on residential streets. Evolving it into an area-wide approach now eliminates through-traffic in neighbourhoods, disincentivises short car trips, and unlocks space for walking and cycling for local people.


    I hope the pace of change continues in spite of protests: 25% car ownership in the borough should mean this is an easy win and a voter winner once the majority can experience the benefits and see it for themselves.

    The usual anti crowd are up in arms with weekly protests outside Islington town hall - swelled by some in the taxi lobby - which suggests the council is doing something right. It is difficult for me to gauge public opinion among all residents, but as far as I can tell, the word on the street is generally "this is OK isn't it, no big deal, I never liked the rat-running traffic going past my home" - at least I hope that is what most people are saying because that is what I hear when I talk to people.

    The council could do better on communications. Providing the pros and cons is important - the average understanding of these types of schemes in the UK seems appalling; it seems difficult to communicate the benefits and the impacts without a decent one-to-one conversation, and sometimes even the english language is not on our side ("road closed"). When local residents who drive hear that their access will be maintained, they think this means that all the routes they use to access their property by car will remain the same - this is a source of conflict not well communicated.

    As this programme of low traffic neighbourhoods rolls on and calms down over the next couple of years, I hope this means the borough can focus the big investments on busier roads, where they are most needed (as @Backstop says) - the sooner the better.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    I think this is a step up and a step change, and worth celebrating. Even if it is aimed at just getting the basics right.

    Here are the links to the new documents (avoiding the trolls on twitter!):

    Long-term cycling and walking plan:

    Cycle Infrastructure Design Guidance:

    Highway Code Review consultation document:

    Now we can focus on more important matters, including securing more funding for active travel (perhaps as a proportion of overall transport budget, and health budget), and of course increasing the pressure to reduce the £27billion currently allocated in the roads "investment" strategy up to 2025, and reducing the level of motor traffic that would be induced by the resultant increases in road capacity.

    But for now, this suite of documents should be welcomed by most planners, designers, engineers, and decision makers

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    @DethBeard glad to hear the surgery went well and hope Murphy will enjoy being back home soon. That is a quick use of insurance - well done for getting it in place so early.

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    @Oliver Schick thanks for the advice! Weirdly, "Otto" was on our list for new dog names - but looking at the photos there will only ever be space for one Otto on the forum.

    @furious_tiles thanks very much - I have passed the message on as a warning but I think it is hitting deaf ears now that we have met a one week old puppy. Met the mum (more whippet) who seems switched on and very sociable, but only a photo of the dad (more beddlington x whippet) - very photogenic but can't test the intelligence!

    @Stonehedge I hope all is now forgiven

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    This thread is inspiring. After much thought, we're gearing up to take the lead and get a dog.

    Members of our family and many of our friends have dogs, and i love them all, so i guess it was just a matter of time for us - really looking forward to it. Mrs Carey has plenty of experience and we both agree something like a whippet would be best for all. We are probably settling on a whippet bedlington cross we've seen.

    Can any recommend any great books or resources for training? And to help me with what to expect in the first few months or years!

  • in General
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    Just found this thread - very interesting read. And i agree with Oliver, but look forward to more evidence on their use as time goes on.

    I'm struggling to understand what problems e-scooter use is trying to help solve in our urban areas. E-scooters seem to be a consumable product rather than something which has a societal value. To that extent, i think i remember reading the RoSPA response to the recent govt consultation, which was a good summary of the pragmatic issues of e-scooter use in a uk context.

    Oh, and a friend of mine recently got taken out by an e-scooter rider, while on his bike in barcelona where he lives. I don't know the details other than it was a side impact at a quiet, low trafficked intersection. Woke up in hospital, head injury, overnight stay. E-scooter rider was apparently fine and left the scene quickly. So yeah, e-scooters, not a fan at the moment.