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Surgeon's anger at Hammersmith Bridge closure after patient died while he was stuck in traffic - MyLondon
For Martin Hayward, a cardiothoracic surgeon living in Barnes, it has drastically increased his journey times when he is called to perform life-saving surgery.

“Cardiothoracic surgeons are a specialist service. We're only in 28 hospitals across the whole country and there’s not many of us in London. So we’re on-call all the time,” said Mr Hayward.

Many of the call-outs are to the National Heart Hospital in Westmoreland Street, central London. But occasionally he’ll need to drive to Barnet Hospital, or The Whittington Hospital in Highgate, journeys which he now says are a “nightmare”.

“I have to go in once a fortnight, either for a stabbing or a cardiac arrest. Those journeys are now genuinely a nightmare thanks to having to fight through all the traffic.”
cycling  driving  medicine  London 
11 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
iamnotacyclist: A little bit about cycling facilities from LCC Camden
This discussion could be one of the most important that LCC has faced and it is now an appropriate time to review our attitudes to cycle engineering given the potential for support for some serious cycling provision in our capital city now that we have a London-wide local authority.
It seems to me that the arguments put by some LCC members against segregated facilities fall into two groups: 1) specific failings that are due to poor design, legal uncertainty, poor maintenance, etc. 2) points of principle such as the view that cycling in segregated facilities reduces the ability of cyclists to cope with motor vehicle traffic. A related argument puts forward the idea, in John Franklin's words in the semi-official manual, Cyclecraft, that "facilities segregated from the carriageway mainly benefit riders who fear motor traffic"1.
SeparatistCritique  cycling  London 
july 2019 by juliusbeezer
Why Bradley Wiggins is so wrong: Part One: Sport, Transport and Role Models | Road Danger Reduction Forum
With a love of cycle racing comes an acceptance of crashing. ( Minute remnants of my skin are no doubt lodged in the debris of the Eastway cycle circuit which was destroyed to make way for the Olympic Velodrome). In this year’s Tour de France, of the 45 withdrawals at least 20 were due to sustaining what we classify as “Serious Injury” (SI) That’s about 10% over the three weeks. Although this year may well have been worse than previous ones, this amounts to something like 10% over some 80 hours, equivalent to about 4 months of typical commuting for an urban cycling. As Wiggins’ Team GB team mate David Millar puts it: “Cycling is such a stupid sport. Next time you are in a car travelling at 40mph think about jumping out – naked. That’s what it’s like when we crash. ”
To translate that into London cycling terms, that would result in some 30% of London’s daily cyclists being Seriously Injured every year – about 75,000. Instead there are some 300 – 200 times less. Even allowing for non-reporting, we have a difference of dozens, if not a hundred times less. If we used the (I think less valid) exposure measure of distance, it would still be the case that Tour de France riders are far, far more likely to suffer SIs in conditions where they rarely hit a motor vehicle than people cycling in London.
cycling  sport  London  road_safety 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
London Calling Brexit: How the rest of the UK views the capital | LSE BREXIT
Firstly, there is the question of overall pride in the capital. Leavers were less likely to express pride in London as capital city of the UK than Remain voters. However, for both groups, a majority of people still said that they were proud of London as a capital. This included 51 per cent in the North of England, and an average of 59% across England only. So whilst there are differences in opinion along Brexit lines, these are far from terminal.
Brexit  London  uk  politics 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
London air pollution is poisoning my son, says campaigner | Environment | The Guardian
Smith said that he first became concerned about the air pollution crisis after his two youngest children – a daughter, 10 months, and Ely, now three – were born prematurely and “on the cusp” of being underweight. His daughter has since suffered serious respiratory problems, and now has medication and medical equipment to help her breathe.

Sitting at his kitchen table, Smith says his wife, a lawyer in central London, travelled to work as usual during both pregnancies, walking along a busy road to the tube. “You can’t attribute these things definitively to air pollution but the more you find out the more you realise the huge damage it is doing to our children’s health,” he said.

The family, who do not own a car, now carefully plan every journey. They avoid main roads, the rush hour and busy bus stops wherever possible. But it is not easy. “There is only so much you can do when in a big city like this. To a certain extent, we have got to accept now that we are doing great damage to our children’s long-term health simply by living here.”
airpollution  London  driving  children  politics 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
New data reveals most dangerous London borough for pedestrians | Cities | The Guardian
For every billion walking trips that occur in London, 600 people are killed or injured on average, the analysis showed. The number rises to 825 in Barking and Dagenham...

Four more boroughs averaged more than 700 deaths or injuries per billion walking trips: Hackney at 796, Brent with 793, Redbridge at 790 and Haringey with 770.
London  walking  road_safety 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
Private hire vehicles might soon have to pay the London congestion charge. What difference would it make? – On London
However, CEPA study also anticipates that, as Mayor Khan acknowledged, PHV operators in the Central London area, who tend to be the larger firms, will respond to the loss of the exemption by distributing the bookings they receive differently among their drivers, resulting in a reduced number of drivers who’ve entered the charging zone picking up more passengers there than before and therefore spending more time than before on the area’s roads. That’s a big reason why CEPA’s calculation of the reduction in PHV traffic levels (6%) in the congestion charge zone, is much smaller than their calculation of the number of PHVs that would enter it (45%).

TfL concedes that the estimated one per cent reduction in traffic levels overall “appears modest”, but still contends that it would represent “an important step in managing and reducing congestion in Central London”, with consequential improvements in air quality too. But Gareth Bacon argued that any “very minor” reduction in congestion would also add to cumulative TfL policies enacted in the Mayor’s name, including hikes in licensing fees, that “are going to have an absolutely devastating impact on the private hire industry,” which has seen the number of firms licensed by TfL – as distinct from the number of drivers – fall in recent years, with smaller operators in particular disappearing
urban  transport  roaddiet  London  driving  finance  tax 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
Why is London’s public transport being used less? – On London
use of the Tube has been falling for the first time in many years. But, of course, it might not be good news for the city as a whole. The same goes for the recent drop in passenger numbers on most suburban rail services in and out of the capital and the decline in bus ridership since 2014/15. High and rising public transport use has long been regarded as a sign of London’s economic health and the triumph of its mass transit modes over the private car. What do these interruptions in long-term upward public transport trends mean?
transport  London 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Restraining car use is best way to increase cycling in London, says report – On London
Any suggestion that installing segregated lanes might not be the most effective policy or best use of public money risks unleashing the wrath of cycling activism’s most fervent fundamentalists. That, of course, is all the more reason for making one. However, the conclusions of a recent report by London Travelwatch, the capital’s statutory transport users’ watchdog, have not been drawn out of an urge to annoy. On the contrary, they are as scientific as they are salutary.

Its twelve recommendations for encouraging greater use of bicycles are led by measures to restrain and discourage car use rather than by the engineering of cycle-specific infrastructure, important though it considers that to be. A “wider and more sophisticated system of roads pricing” heads its list, followed by reducing car parking facilities where good alternative transport is available, encouraging car-free housing developments, closing roads to through traffic, and various traffic calming initiatives

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cycling  driving  politics  London 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Lawyer cleared over grandfather’s death at zebra crossing | London Evening Standard
Basant Lal Sharma, 91, was struck by lawyer Charlotte Griffiths as she drove to work through Wanstead in May last year.

The retired father-of-five was on his morning walk to the park. He died from severe head injuries in hospital.

Ms Griffiths, 26, told the Old Bailey that Mr Sharma must have stepped onto the crossing from behind a tree as she accelerated her blue Ford Fiesta to 10mph in second gear. After a two-day trial, during which she wept in court, she was cleared of causing death by careless driving yesterday.
crash_report  driving  London 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle | Environment | The Guardian
The scale of London’s air pollution crisis was laid bare on Wednesday, with new figures showing that every person in the capital is breathing air that exceeds global guidelines for one of the most dangerous toxic particles.

The research, based on the latest updated London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, shows that every area in the capital exceeds World Health Organisation (WHO) limits for a damaging type of particle known as PM2.5.

It also found that 7.9 million Londoners – nearly 95% of the capital’s population – live in areas that exceed the limit by 50% or more. In central London the average annual levels are almost double the WHO limit of 10 µg/m3.
driving  airpollution  London 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Peer blames London's long-time traffic congestion on the new cycleways | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
Providing not a whiff of evidence he continued: "There is enormous congestion as a result of this, not only when they are being constructed but in the longer term."

He added: "It is an appalling policy." Then, bizarrely, he went on to praise a country with tens of thousands of miles of the sort of protected cycleways he said were "ludicrous" when installed in London.

"I spend much of my time in Holland," claimed Lord Higgins, "where they do not have any problem with bicycle lanes operating properly without being blanked off in a way that prevents them being used in off-peak periods."
driving  cycling  London  politics  uk  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Dan Harris cyclist death: Cyclist killed outside new Olympic Park velodrome was only riding his bike to try and beat jams caused by the Games | Daily Mail Online
an emotional account emerged from a fellow cyclist who was riding alongside Mr Harris, seconds before he was dragged under the bus in Hackney, close to the Olympic Park Velodrome.

The eyewitness, who has not revealed their name, posted a message on the Reddit community blog detailing the tragic moment they saw the accident.
The post read: 'The lights changed as he was in the buses blind spot and as he was attempting to go straight the bus turned left. He didn't really have anywhere to go and no time to do anything anyway.'
cycling  London  crash_report 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Parkageddon: How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl | The Economist
In 2004 London abolished minimum parking requirements. Research by Zhan Guo of New York University shows that the amount of parking in new residential blocks promptly plunged, from an average of 1.1 spaces per flat to 0.6 spaces. The parking minimum had boosted supply far beyond what the market demanded.
driving  london  urban  environment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Invisible Visible Man: A Cheshire epiphany, cheap driving - and why Brexit means no respite from clogged roads
there was more traffic in 2016 on Great Britain’s roads than in any previous year and that traffic volumes rose 1.2 per cent on 2015. The rise is all the more impressive for occurring against a backdrop of falls or only slight rises in traffic volumes in London, much the biggest city...
I’m just as struck by the poverty of the debate about how to tackle this crisis as I am by the sheer unpleasantness of the conditions. Whereas the UK a decade ago was engaged in an earnest - albeit ultimately unproductive - debate about how to charge for road use, there is currently no serious debate about what to do. It has become expected at each budget or autumn statement that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will continue the freeze on fuel duty, even though it has contributed to an 18.9 per cent decline in average petrol prices over the last three years.
cycling  driving  uk  London  tax  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
London Datastore
Number of licensed vehicles (in thousands) at year end broken down by type including , cars, motor cycles, light goods, heavy goods, buses an coaches, and Other.



Vehicles are allocated to a local authority according to the postcode of the registered keeper. This is the keeper's address for privately owned vehicles or the company's registered address for company owned vehicles. Significant changes in the number of vehicles from year to year can often occur when a companies with a large number of vehicles change their registered address.
Other vehicles includes rear diggers, lift trucks, rollers, ambulances, Hackney Carriages, three wheelers and agricultural vehicles.
Data from DFT Table VEH0104 and VEH0105.
cycling  driving  London 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Congestion charge has led to dramatic fall in accidents in London | UK news | The Guardian
Research to be presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference later this month found that traffic accidents have fallen in the capital by an astonishing 40% since 2003. The work is the first study of its kind and is likely to be examined closely by other cities that have flirted with the idea of imposing a similar charge.

The £5 charge was hailed as a triumph of economics that forced those contributing to congestion to pay. The resulting fall in traffic confirmed predictions that the charge – increased to £8, then £11.50 – could change motorists’ behaviour.

With fewer cars on the roads in central London, motorists can go faster. This could have increased the risk of accidents. However, the research team led by Professor Colin Green of the economics department at Lancaster University found that the charge has instead resulted in a substantial reduction in the number of accidents and fewer fatalities.
driving  road_safety  London  roaddiet 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Esther Hartsilver inquest: Junction where cyclist was crushed under wheels of truck was ‘accident waiting to happen’ | London Evening Standard
The lorry driver involved in the death of a London cyclist today said the road junction where she was crushed under his wheels was “an accident waiting to happen”.

Co-op driver Philip Beadle said he was required to turn left over a bus lane to follow a signed route from Denmark Hill to Coldharbour Lane when he collided with NHS physiotherapist Esther Hartsilver as she rode to work.

Mr Beadle, 47, who was cleared at Blackfriars crown court last year of causing Ms Hartsilver’s death by careless driving, told an inquest into her death: “I think that in my experience it’s just an accident waiting to happen.

“The road network of London roads is so close-knit anyway, with everybody trying to get to one place. To get junctions that you come into conflict, even more so. They shouldn’t be there.”
crash_report  London  cycling  pqpc 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Tip B. What we could do with a little bit of paint to save lives and the planet - Dutch Cycling in London
No, it is also 14 m wide but has really large sidewalks. Highbury Park could fit 2 bike lanes of 1.50 wide each, which is the minimum required. There would be 6 m used for the carriageway because of the bus route, plus 2 and 3 m for the sidewalks because of the bus stop. That makes a total of 11 m only, so there are 3 m left for bicycle lanes. But anyway, that could work on a narrower high street as well as you can see in Landsmeer.
cycling  urban  netherlands  London 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
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Snow? Bring it on! Have been waiting for four years!
London  cargobike 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Bus Driver X— Guest Blog No. 3: An Enquiry— Does TfL have an 'Objectively Safe' System of Bus Operations?
TfL’s System of Bus Operations is Objectively Unsafe. TfL have designed a System of Bus Operations that only rewards or punishes timely performance, and, in doing so, it has incentivised its BusCo contractors to promote unsafe driving by their Bus Drivers. Me included. And you know what? I really object to that.
driving  transport  London  work  road_safety 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Nike boss becomes London's full-time cycling commissioner | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appointed Nike boss Will Norman as London's walking and cycling commissioner.

Norman is currently Global Partnerships Director at Nike, where he specialises in increasing levels of physical activity and participation in sports around the world, working with a range of international organisations. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Khan today said Norman has an "impressive track record in delivering major international projects to get more people active."

Norman, who cycles every day in London, has a background of working with private and public partnerships, and experience in getting people from a wide range of backgrounds active. Before joining Nike in 2013, he set up a social research consultancy, and was also director of research at The Young Foundation.
cycling  London  politics 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
About | Clean Air in London
Air pollution in our biggest cities is much worse than most of us have realised. It averages well over twice World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and legal limits near many of London’s busiest roads. Mayor Johnson has estimated some 4,300 premature deaths in London in 2008 were attributable to long-term exposure to dangerous airborne particles alone.

Clean Air in London’s Mission is to achieve urgently and sustainably full compliance with WHO guidelines for air quality throughout London and elsewhere. It works closely with other campaign groups and a wider network of supporters and volunteers to identify and build understanding of the most important issues and encourage decisive action on them.

Clean Air in London’s immediate priority is to see that air quality laws are enforced rigorously in London in 2014 (and thereafter).
pollution  environment  London 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
A surprising upside to driverless cars you probably hadn't thought of | City A.M.
The creation of dedicated zones for driverless cars could free up land worth billions in central London, as parking spaces become redundant because fewer people own their own car and less space is allocated to roads...

As much as 20 per cent of land across Britain could be freed up, according to a new report from WSP Parson Brinckerhoff and Farells architects which imagines the future impact of the technology on cities and our environment (see gallery below for images).

The zones, which have already sprung up in areas such as Greenwich where driverless cars are being tested, have the potential to create thousands of additional homes and jobs, as well as extra land for quality green and open spaces, the report found. It estimates that zones of 100 hectares could gain more than £1.25bn in added land value in central London, £300m in outer London and up to £75m across the rest of the country.
driverless  environment  urban  London 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Be brave – an open letter to the mayoral candidates and local councillors | Christian Wolmar
I used to cycle to work along Dalmeny Road some 20 years ago when I worked at The Independent and it was a lonely chore. It was rare to meet a fellow cyclist and the idea that there would soon be a stream of people on bikes every morning would have seemed fanciful. This change has not come about by accident. It has happened because of various decisions by politicians over the years – like the creation of the patchy but at times effective London Cycle Network by Ken Livingstone, of the introduction of a 20 mph zone in Islington and road humps along Tufnell Park Road which used to be a dangerous race track, of the erection of barriers in residential streets to stop rat running, of the provision of cycle parking and so on.

Many of these changes will have been fiercely opposed at the time. Some proposed changes that might have made things better will even have been thrown out. However, this collection of measures, even if they are at times half-hearted, has had a remarkable effect. Cycling is now a key part of the city’s transport system.
London  cycling 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The secret life of a cycle courier | Books | The Guardian
Physically, the work is grindingly hard. On an average day you’ll cycle 60 to 100 miles, deliver 20 or so packages, and earn maybe £3 a package. On a good day you’ll break £100. On a fixed-gear bike such as mine, with a gearing of 49/17, that amounts to around 29,000 complete pedal revolutions a day. On an average day you’ll earn 0.003p for each turn of the cranks.

Another city exists alongside the London most people know, and cycle couriers are privy to it, with its post rooms manned by neon-tabarded security guards, its goods lifts, its secret, parallel infrastructures. To a cycle courier, the conflict between public and private, between the rules of the road and those of corporate estates, is constantly apparent.
cycling  urban  London  edgework 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The real problem with linguistic shirkers | Language on the Move
those who point the finger at migrant language shirkers vastly underestimate the effort involved in language learning. The consensus in applied linguistics is that language learning takes a long time and that the precise duration and final outcome as measured in proficiency level are almost impossible to predict as they depend on many factors, most of which are outside of the control of an individual language learner, such as age, level of education, aptitude, teaching program, language proximity or access to interactional opportunities.

Language learning is not at all a simple task and most people readily forget that it takes about twelve years to learn your first language. The first five or six years from birth are devoted to acquiring oral fluency and then another six years or so are needed to learn how to read and write, to acquire the academic and textual conventions of a language and also to extend grammatical structures, expand vocabulary and refine pragmatic conventions.
language  learning  immigration  germany  London  exclusion 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Attitude is everything: Why cycling succeeds in Europe : TreeHugger
It is sometimes suggested that cycling is a marginal or fringe activity. In London, this is no longer true. In zone 1, during the morning rush hour, 32 per cent of all vehicles on the roads are now bicycles. On some main roads, up to 70 per cent of vehicles are bicycles. In the year 2000, motorists entering central London during the AM peak outnumbered cyclists by more than 11 to 1. By 2014, the ratio was 1.7 to 1 (or 2 to 1 in vehicle terms). If these trends continue, the number of people commuting to central London by bike will overtake the number commuting by car in three years.
driving  cycling  London 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
London Essays | Self Driving Cars and the Child–Ball Problem: Why Autonomous Vehicles Are Not The Answer
The Mayor’s Dutch vision notes that cycling in London has trebled in the last ten years, with 24 per cent of vehicles on the road in central London in the morning rush hour being bicycles; the aspiration is a further doubling by 2020. Johnson’s ambition is to make cycling, “normal, a part of everyday life”. And although his plans include some segregated cycle super-highways, he is clear that “nothing I do will affect cyclists’ freedom to use any road they choose”.  But just as self-drive cars will be designed to stop for children and their balls, so they will stop for pedestrians and cyclists. And if these are allowed to use roads alongside self-drive cars, then, drivers will spend most of their time going nowhere. The Chancellor’s and the Mayor’s visions for our roads are contradictory.
driverless  driving  London  cycling 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Vole O'Speed: Taking the lane: a personal history
The new standards LCC adopted in 2013 meant that without speeds of 20 or lower plus very low motor vehicle volumes (generally only attainable on roads closed to through motor traffic), the campaign would henceforth not except as adequate route implementations those which were not physically segregated by some means or another. This was, at last, the clear and definitive endorsement of the policy I had been seeking since before 2000. The long internal arguments were over (in LCC, if not in the national organisations CTC and Cyclenation), and we could campaign unequivocally for what we needed for inclusive mass cycling. One novel means of segregation was being experimented with in Camden, where the Royal College Street track was rebuilt in 2013 with lightweight segregation on both sides of the road, to allow a capacity increase of at least 33%. This was another significant bit of taking the lane.
cycling  London  history  pqpc 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
City cycling: health versus hazard | Mosaic
For me, of all the cities I cycled in, London was the most terrifying... Ian Roberts, Professor in the Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, began his career as a paediatric trauma doctor. “I saw lots of children hit by cars,” he says, “and it really is awful.” He describes these deaths as “kinetic energy disease” – a reference to the idea of mismatched masses in motion. When one of those masses is protected by metal casing, but the other isn’t, it’s clear who is more likely to be hurt.

One of the trends Roberts has puzzled over is the long-term decline in the death rates of British pedestrians, despite an increase in motorisation. “Road safety people would point to it as an example of how roads are getting safer. But I was a little bit sceptical… because [the] volume of kinetic energy on the road was going up.”
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I learn quickly (but too late) that the hand signal for ‘stop’ is essential in busy bike traffic. Failing to use it as I slow down to navigate, I cause a near-collision as a herd of bicycles behind me screeches to a halt, one woman yelling “Seriously?” at me multiple times as she skids to a stop on the grassy verge. Wishing I could dissolve into the bike path, I sheepishly review the hand signals in my guidebook. It’s a mistake I don’t make again.
cycling  road_safety  netherlands  London  denmark  canada  us 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Pedal power: why London is ahead of the pack on cycling | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
the last census found that the number of people cycling to work in inner London rose by a staggering 144% over the decade, other cities only saw modest increases, and the overall picture in England and Wales showed the number of people cycling to work rose just 90,000 to 741,000.

So what is London doing differently? The answer lies largely in investment, according to Claire Francis, head of policy at Sustrans, a charity that promotes sustainable transport.
cycling  road_safety  London  uk 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Boris Johnson gives go-ahead for 'Crossrail' cycle superhighway through central London - Transport - News - London Evening Standard
Boris Johnson today confirmed he would build Europe’s longest segregated urban cycle lane through central London after delays likely to be suffered by motorists were reduced.
cycling  London 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
The corruption of Britain: UK’s key institutions infiltrated by criminals - Home News - UK - The Independent
The entire criminal justice system was infiltrated by organised crime gangs, according to a secret Scotland Yard report leaked to The Independent.

In 2003 Operation Tiberius found that men suspected of being Britain’s most notorious criminals had compromised multiple agencies, including HM Revenue & Customs, the Crown Prosecution Service, the City of London Police and the Prison Service, as well as pillars of the criminal justice system including juries and the legal profession.
police  uk  London 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
'We're All Surrealists Now': An Interview with Will Self | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt
It has become a trope of the “interview with Will Self” that journalists will start by describing how intimidating they expect to find you, only to discover you’re really not that scary. What do you make of this?

Will Self: Well, I know I’m not really that scary, but I concede that the great height, the cadaverous appearance, the reputation for take-no-prisoners contrarianism and high-concept bohemianism, the sesquipedalianism, the insistence on intellectual rigour—all of these can, perhaps, be a little intimidating. However, while I can be ferocious towards those who are in positions of power or privilege, I have no beef with anyone else, and I don’t suffer fools at all. I positively enjoy them...
The Oxford system isn’t really lecture-based anyway: you’re set two 3,000 word essays a week, and you read them aloud to your tutor, usually alone. It’s very intensive, and lectures aren’t really germane (there’s too much reading to do anyway), but the discipline of studying and writing that much, every week, undoubtedly hugely assisted me when it came to being a writer.
funny  writing  London  walking 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS - NYTimes.com
A skilled caller — a “woosher,” in Knowledge slang — can sound like a slam poet or a rapper, whipping off street names and turnings in a pleasing syncopated rhythm as he races through London streets in his mind’s eye: Leave on the right Lillie Road, left Eardley Crescent, left Warwick Road, forward Holland Road, comply Holland Circus, leave by Uxbridge Road, forward and right Shepherd’s Bush Green. More often, what you will hear at Knowledge Point is the sound of strain: groans, hems and haws, cursing.
poetics  London  transport 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Smart Advocacy CAN Increase Cycling | Commute Orlando
1.10 The Hackney Transport Strategy adopts a hierarchy of road users which places cyclists in the second place, after pedestrians:
• Pedestrians
• Cyclists
• Public transport users
• Powered two wheelers
• Freight distribution (local)
• Car users (multi-occupancy)
• Car users (local)
• Car users (non-local)
cycling  London  pqpc 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Hackney shows you don’t have to have lots of cycling infrastructure to get more people on bikes | TXNews | Transport News
The London Borough of Hackney has one of the fastest growth rates of cycling anywhere in the UK, yet planners and transport professionals visiting this borough with a view to imitating its success on their own turf may be surprised to see little in the way of conspicuous cycle facilities.
cycling  pqpc  London 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
i b i k e l o n d o n: What's Dutch about Hackney? Finding out what makes London's most successful cycling borough tick
The Hackney branch of the London Cycling Campaign have been working with the borough very closely for many years, encouraging the Council to consider the bicycle in all that they do; from approving planning applications, to which bin lorries they procure. And where they've had the most evident success on the ground is with their programme of "filtered permeability" interventions; making one way streets two way again, using bollards to make streets no-through-roads for motorised traffic, hence becoming a handy cut-through for cyclists and pedestrians. Clever short-cuts and links, made with little more than a dropped curb or a handy bollard, have allowed cyclists to avoid the busiest and most unpleasant roads, whilst efforts to unwind all of the biggest gyratories in the borough continue. Long-serving Councillor and former cabinet member Vincent Stops has a long list on his blog of some of the interventions done in recent years to encourage more travel by bicycle, which is well worth a read.

But is this over-egging the pudding? Is Hackney a popular spot for cycling simply by lucky coincidence, a chance concurrence of beneficial elements? It is worth remembering that although 14.6% of trips to work might be by bike, the modal share for all journeys by bicycle in the borough remains low compared to other means of transport.
cycling  London  pqpc 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Die Space Hijackers lösen sich auf – ein Nachruf | Metronaut.de
Die Space Hijackers gründen sich im März 1999 mit einer Circle Line Party in der Londoner U-Bahn. Damit die Party nicht auffällt, wird in der Station die Musik ausgemacht, alle verhalten sich ruhig und dann wird bis zur nächsten Station weitergefeiert. Das Konzept der Circle Line Party kommt gut an, bei der dritten Auflage feiern 2000 Leute mit. Die Hijackers beenden das Projekt, weil es am eigenen Erfolg erstickt.
London  politics  deutsch 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
“It’s Like He’s Knocking” | Dan Hutton
In It’s Like He’s Knocking, Leo Kay proves there are two ways of engaging an audience: look them in the eye, and get them sozzled.

We are led through the bowels of the Arts Centre, winding up in a smokey dressing room, adorned to resemble a bedsit. Kay sits in a chair, playing an accordion, before proceeding to tell us the story of his past, present and future. Particular emphasis is placed on his father and grandfather, both of whom had extraordinary lives with tragic endings, and Kay uses this to hang on his own reservations, dreams and ambitions. It’s transfixing.

But this is more than just a monologue. It’s Like He’s Knocking is theatre, in every sense of the word. Interspersed among Kay’s speech are moments of sheer spectacle, which is remarkable considering the size of the space.
theatre  London  leo_kay 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Deliq.: each in their own way flailing
Leo Kay's It's Like He's Knocking, on Friday 11 July. Sometimes the show feels like a dangerous place to be. It starts in a darkened bar, Kay raising a toast to “telling it like it is, even if you don't know how it was”. We each drink a shot but he drinks at least four, and there is something so careless in this action that the basement room in Shoreditch Town Hall begins to hum with worry for him.
theatre  London  leo_kay 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Motorists have ruined England - and they need to pay the price - Telegraph
what I want to know is this: why, the moment we get into our cars, do we all turn into screaming, pinko commies? Why do we reject the free market solutions that we embrace everywhere else. Why, rather than accept the idea that we should pay when we use a scarce resource (roads) do we ration them in the worst possible way. Why do we agree that, for a once-a-year fee, you can drive as much as you like, wherever you like and whenever you like?

The effects of this economic lunacy are there for all to see.
transport  environment  urban  London  liberal 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
diamond geezer
Sorry, I cannot accept your money, it is out of date.

What do you mean? Last time I travelled by bus you took my money quite happily.
Sorry, but the rules have just changed. From today passengers are no longer able to use cash to pay for their bus fare.

Since when? You kept very quiet about that!
Since 4.30am this morning.
transport  London  funny 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer

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