Cycling

So you want to set up a low-traffic neighbourhood? Here’s where to start

November 20, 2020

How do I get started? For all the attention low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are getting, they are very simple things. Strategic “point closures” allow vehicle access to all addresses in a neighbourhood, but reduce through traffic. They can be done with planters, or lockable bollards, or a combination of both. In London, impressive maps of potential […]

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Low-traffic schemes benefit everyone, not just better-off, finds study

November 16, 2020

There is no evidence schemes that try to limit “rat-running” traffic along residential streets disproportionately benefit better-off households, research has concluded, contradicting a common view cited by objectors. A study of low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), which have mushroomed as part of efforts to boost walking and cycling amid coronavirus, found that the vast majority of people […]

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‘I got it wrong. Since the changes it’s become more vibrant’: life in an LTN

November 16, 2020

Acorn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne When Newcastle city council planned to reduce motorist access to Acorn Road in the leafy suburb of Jesmond back in 2014, hardware store owner Steve Robson helped to raise a petition against the £350,000 scheme, organised meetings to oppose the plans and told a local newspaper that the proposed changes […]

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Keir Starmer contacted by police after collision with cyclist in London

October 27, 2020

Rider taken to hospital after incident involving car said to be driven by Labour’s leader Keir Starmer was understood to be driving in Kentish Town, north London on Sunday when the incident took place. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters Police are investigating a collision involving the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, in which a cyclist was taken […]

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Girl, 1, ‘dragged along ground’ after being hit by cyclist

September 10, 2020

A toddler was taken to hospital after she was hit by a cyclist and ‘dragged along the ground’. Freya Clancy, who is 16 months old, was walking in Victoria Park, East London, when she was knocked down yesterday. Her arm was caught in the spokes of the bike during the accident around 9am, her mum […]

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Plenty of reasons to keep clapping | Brief letters

May 26, 2020

I don’t agree that the “clap for carers” has become politicised (Let’s stop clapping for the NHS, says woman who started the ritual, 22 May). It might have become an empty gesture for some, a tedious ritual for others, but for this elderly person staying safe in lockdown, it is a special moment that lights […]

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Cyclists rule the roads by Westminster as people avoid public transport

May 26, 2020

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A video showing Westminster at lunchtime has revealed how many more cyclists are taking to the roads during the coronavirus lockdown. In the clip, filmed at 1.30pm on Monday, tens of people of all different ages can […]

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