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Last Build Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 01:02:31 +0000


Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Andy Dodds

Sun, 18 Aug 2013 01:02:31 +0000

If any off you other than Ché Ingram, want to visit the department in TfL in Palestra (the building in the programme) that looks at cyclist welfare/policy for an afternoon, I will do my level best to arrange. That includes fuming Brenda. You can meet the ordinary, hard-eorking people who are trying to make London cyclist friendly. My work address is I can't promise anything, but I'll try of you ask. (It'll be in confidence) Alex Ingram - there is literally no point with you. I've now read everything you've written here. Campaign away.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Andy Dodds

Sun, 18 Aug 2013 00:46:00 +0000

Literally no-one, even the people you consider your friends, will be bothered to read that. So 'publish' (publish :-) I love it. You're a publishing house? Wow I just though it was a boring blog. I didn't realise you were the Bodley Head) this. Have you any idea how many of my work colleagues cycle to work? And that I myself cycle to the station and endure thoughtless drivers? No *sigh* Ingram, of course you didn't. You haven't considered the millions of taxpayers money that is going into creating cycle highways in London, the absolute care and attention that DOES go into caring about cyclist welfare. And the need to keep highways open to emergency services, tourists, and people that don't hate cyclists but just need to get around while something like the unresearchable to the layman (there was nothing on the Internet) critical mass goes on. You are not s cycling campaigner, you are someone that wants to impress people by being a leading campaigner. It doesn't matter whether its cycling, lack of rights for hedgehogs, or promoting mashed potato. How do I know this? Well, you do the 'math', son. All I've got to go on is what you write. And that's enough. Wow - can you 'publish' this?? As well as being on telly for four minutes, I can say I'm a published author to my family. By a man that Worked at Waterstones. Consider just keeping a diary, Alex mate. Ingers, you nutty lad. Show it to your friends, if you like (they'll be polite and say its clever. Brenda, oh Brenda) Your avid reader, the less 'nerdy' Andy.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Alex

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:26:50 +0000

I've done some TV in my time, and had the joy of press attention on my own job a fair few times. I understand that you're not TfL, this is why I refer to you both by name and explicitly as "TfL’s employee". I think that Critical Mass section is very odd, as it didn't actually explain either Critical Mass or what you do particularly well. It is interesting to know that you weren't to know what was in your shift until that day, and I'm not trying to mock your skill at your job. Rather, I think that the narration on the documentary over-emphasised the effect of critical mass and I felt your own words and the way it covered your shift didn't match the talk of 'gridlock' and 'standstill' in the narration as opposed to your own talk of 'quite a bit of disruption'. As a cycle campaigner, I think it wouldn't be of much benefit to anyone including TfL if only experts were commenting on roads and road safety. Indeed, we are ruled by politicians and czars who are clearly not experts but that is how democracy functions. That said, there is clearly a problem if the relationship between campaigners and members of TfL becomes antagonistic. That's not a sensible place for things to be, we may represent interests but that's not who we are.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Alex

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:12:42 +0000

Well, you've clearly gone deep into the archives to condense that well.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Andy Dodds

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:37:25 +0000

And your dreary blog can be condensed into this sentence 'please think I'm clever, because I have a remix of Ron Grainer tenderly felching Ralf Florian'. Dullard

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Andy Dodds

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:13:10 +0000

Have you ever had a camera crew in your face for six hours and had all the answers at your fingertips? I'm not TfL. I work at TfL. I have never covered 'Critical Mass' before and had no idea I was doing so until I turned up for work that day. So, until you yourself are an expert, get off your high horse.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Brenda

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:26:01 +0000

Well done for writing this. I was fuming as I watched the programme and you have covered all the infuriating and annoying points really well. What about TfL's head Michelle Dix being so terrified of saying that car drivers need to be restrained in any way - by paying a higher price for driving or parking or just making it teeny weeny more difficult for them to get around? She could not say it. All she was able to bring herself to talk about was 'nudging' towards less car use and an indirect reference to making parking more difficult. Beggar's belief.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Alex

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:00:21 +0000

I think if there was one change I would like the BBC to make in their presentation of cycling it's to stop requiring the wearing of helmets where they are able to impose it. The critical mass demonstration segment was a rare example of seeing large numbers cycle in normal clothes on London streets. I certainly think there's a need to see them work proactively to explain cycling as it currently functions on Britain's roads and how it could be better. Perhaps with James Harding fresh out of The Times in news and current affairs we will see better coverage there. It is certainly true that Tom Edwards of BBC London News has made some good reports over the years, but what's missing are the serious features. Which is a similar issue to that in the NHS, where it's not the individual cuts and changes that make the difference but explaining the rather larger and more subtle changes that will make the NHS fundamentally different rather soon.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Alex

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:55:05 +0000

Technological changes to cars is an interesting area. It appears there is a lot of research money going into driverless cars at the moment. However, it is not clear how well they would handle sharing the road in an area with a huge number of cyclists, or indeed how useful they would be compared to trains, bikes or taxis at fulfilling the same transport demand. So to decide on the idea of collision avoidance I think also involves making a decision about what we think is best for the safety of those who walk and cycle out of well driven or driverless cars. TfL are undertaking some work to look at tracking mobile phone signals as a way of intelligently designing signals to handle the proximity and number of pedestrians. Perhaps that could start to offer an indication if such technical solutions are worthwhile. Similarly there are experiments with transponders on bikes at the Transport Research Laboratory which may result in them being fitted to bikes (with sensors on HGVs). The problem with systems fitted to the majority but not all vulnerable road users is that you could create a high risk for forgetting your phone or not riding a hire bike, which may not be the risk model we want on our streets. Of course, the problem with those technological solutions to safety that use computers is that they must also compete on price against those that don't. As such, I'm keen that we get on with implementing segregated and clear space for cycling as seen in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe and look at technical fixes if necessary as an added extra or a method of helping control vehicular access or behaviour where it comes into irreducible conflict with that space.

Comment on The Route Masters need a new map by Alex

Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:43:04 +0000

Good point on the ripple of actions, trains are definitely more critical systems for this but roads suffer it as well. I would have loved to see more detail of how the extra green time compensated drivers who were delayed. Seeing the mass from the cyclist point of view possibly made it seem more of a roadblock. A few people I know in London who've never been inconvenienced by critical mass were immediately against it as something new and dangerous. I love the way you've put the statement for Critical Mass as a defence of the right to use the road for leisure activities, spot on to my ears. Ironically I think the fact that Critical Mass has become less political has made the strength of arguments used by those on the ride a bit weaker. The usual response from the community there is for more leaflets, and after the eventful July ride there's a risk of the next being leaflet central. I agree about the strength of what was not said being of note. Indeed, the very fact that I can go through the programme and use mostly verbatim quotes plus some added commentary to reach a rather different push to my piece shows that they did capture some great material but I'd say they just didn't explain it enough to the uninitiated. I worry - based on what I've seen on twitter - that the wider audience that the programme reached simply had their views of cyclists and their safety reinforced, and I think if I long for anything it is for a show on the television that could explain how cycle safety works and why such changes as are proposed and demanded in London are necessary and would make a difference. There is such a big battle still to be fought of getting people onside for change and though The Times and The Evening Standard are up to speed, somehow TV seems stuck a bit further behind. That said, it appears that Newsnight are about to do a piece on cycling from The Netherlands to London, which I'll keep an eye out for.