Comments written on other sites from January 2011

Cyclists in the City: HGVs - Time to make common cause with pedestrians and motorcyclists?

Unfortunately, as you say, peoples’ fears and demands are based on perception. I suspect that you can show them all the facts you like, but the perception is still that a lot of cyclists are jumping red lights, cycling on the pavement or going the wrong way down one-way streets.

This behaviour — which is more obviously and frequently bad than the average behaviour of cars, HGVs etc — makes *all* cyclists appear potentially dangerous. Although HGVs are statistically more dangerous to me when I’m a pedestrian I hardly ever see them doing anything obviously wrong and I know that, nearly all the time, they will stay on the road and obey the rules. They’re predictable.

As a some-time cyclist it saddens me whenever I see a cyclist jumping lights etc. It’s so *easy* to do this right and following the rules would help the cause of all cyclists. If the perception of cyclists was that they were predictable (as you’ve said before, they should think of themselves as vehicles, not pedestrians, and act accordingly) then people wouldn’t have this skewed view of how dangerous they think cyclists are.

On 9 January 2011. Permalink tie-up with Aimer Media for iPhone and iPad goodness - I’ve Said Too Much

I should point out that the Pepys’ Diary app is entirely the work of Aimer Media. There may be more integration with my website in future versions…

On 12 January 2011. Permalink

I hope they don’t sit on @philgyford’s house | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

So long as they only have noisy battles between 10am-12pm and 2-4pm, as per the guidelines laid down in the Barbican Estate’s Residents’ Handbook. Otherwise residents will be peeved.

On 20 January 2011. Permalink