Hundred Car Snarl videolog

I enjoyed a stonker of a traffic jam on the way home yesterday – I counted more than a hundred jammed vehicles, busy going nowhere in all directions…

Nobody wins except the bold thrusting lycra lout

I enjoyed a stonker of a traffic jam on the way home yesterday – I counted more than a hundred jammed vehicles, busy going nowhere in all directions from London Street all the way to South Bridge.

As you’ll see, for an experienced or daring cyclist, traffic as heavy as this doesn’t pose much of an obstacle (I’m less of the latter, as you’ll see when I repeatedly pass up easy opportunities to slide past buses).

It took four minutes to get from the back of the queue to the front, so I’d guess it added 60-90 seconds to my day… a damn sight better than half an hour or more which drivers were going to be stewing for…

Incidentally, if you’re interested in getting a camera yourself, I’m using (and can highly recommend) this compact HD video camera by Contour.

And they say that cyclists cause congestion – what rot.

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Quality Bike Corridor videolog

There are an incredible sixty three obstructing vehicles on the 1.7 mile route at the tail end of rush hour.

It’s a cycle lane Jim, but not as we know it

Back in 2010 Edinburgh city council consulted on plans to spend almost half a million pounds on an exemplary “Quality Bike Corridor” linking the city centre and Kings Buildings campus in the south.

Edinburgh Quality Bike Corridor

We live near the Kings Buildings and so most of our journeys involve at least some riding on the route; you may well imagine that we had high hopes of the outcome of almost £1/2m of dedicated cycle redesign.

I’ll revisit specific aspects of the route in later posts, but wanted to share a quick video showing a recent commute during peak time (new headcam, huzzah!)

Incidentally, if you’re interested in getting a camera yourself, I’m using (and can highly recommend) this compact HD video camera by Contour.

As ever, click on the cog for HD video quality.

(In case it isn’t obvious, the clip is playing at double speed to make it more watchable.)

There are an incredible sixty three obstructing vehicles on the 1.7 mile route at the tail end of rush hour… you’ll see I spend more time forced to ignore the “Quality Bike Corridor” features than using them.

Related:

See this CityCyclingEdinburgh discussion on the same footage.

Yet more safety “fears” at Cramond Bridge Toll

It’s a regular feature of the cycling calendar in Edinburgh: I’m not talking about Pedal for Scotland, but an article in the Edinburgh Evening News prompted by the “concerns” of “Cramond residents”, generally one Alistair McEwan (with or without reinforcements)…

National Cycle Route 1: Not In My Back Yard?

It’s a regular feature of the cycling calendar in Edinburgh: I’m not talking about Pedal for Scotland, but an article in the Edinburgh Evening News prompted by the “concerns” of “Cramond residents”, generally one Alistair McEwan (with or without reinforcements).

October 2011 saw cyclists “urged to take a brake after third accident within month”, prominently featuring a photograph of the eminent Mr McEwan, looking concerned against a background of young people cycling contentedly on the quiet road:

Edinburgh Evening News review image

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Sorry mate, I can’t see your blind spot

The HGV driver, knowing he represents < 5% of traffic but is involved in 2/3 of killings, will be especially careful to check those mirrors before swinging left. Right?

Dangerous lorry drivers “getting away with murder?”

As part of National Bike Week, Spokes and various other stakeholders got together to cordon off Festival Square on Lothian Road for a sort of large-vehicle-danger seminar.

Present was a council tipper, not a bin lorry – perhaps wisely avoiding uncomfortable questions over the death of Craig Newton, who was tragically killed last year when the driver of an Edinburgh Council bin lorry drove over him in broad daylight.

Nevertheless I found the experience of sitting in the driving seat to be extremely enlightening, if not perhaps for quite the same reasons the organisers might hope!

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Above you can see the tipper with a taped area laid out in front of it. Compare the taped area with a cycle safety box as found at many junctions: looks pretty similar, doesn’t it?

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Pedal on Parliament TRIUMPH!

“A credit to yourselves, a credit to this city” as Scotland’s cyclists storm Parliament… a historic day for cycle advocacy in Scotland, one it’s a privilege even to write about.

“A credit to yourselves, a credit to this city” as Scotland’s cyclists storm Parliament

Huge numbers shut down central Edinburgh as ordinary people from all walks of life demand radical change

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The afternoon of April 28th saw carnage in Edinburgh as a horde of cyclists, officially estimated at two to three thousand strong, rode from the Meadows to Parliament – demanding that the Scottish government implement a raft of measures to address the challenges facing cyclists and the country.

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Spokes Hustings (Edinburgh Elections)

Pragmatically the SNP are going to be the largest party post-election, but they won’t have an overall majority.

This will give significant power to the Lib Dems and Greens, and so my own vote will be targeted at ensuring these two parties do well and the SNP do not gain from my ballot.

Spokes Hustings Edinburgh Council Elections

A quick report on the recent Spokes Hustings. The following councillors canvased for the “cycling vote”:

  • Steve Burgess – Scottish Green Party
  • Gordon Mackenzie – Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Alasdair Rankin – Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • Lesley Hinds – Scottish Labour Party
  • Cameron Rose – Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Three of the above (Steve Burgess, Gordon Mackenzie and Cameron Rose) are Southside councillors. Do cycling councillors try to stand in Southside, or does Southside turn them into cyclists? 🙂

As much for my own benefit as anyone else’s, I’ve drawn together my thoughts on the hustings as follows:

Conclusion (tl;dr)

Personally, I was not impressed by the representations made by Labour, the SNP or the Tories. The Greens and Lib Dems came out looking good.

Pragmatically the SNP are going to be the largest party post-election, but they won’t have an overall majority. This will give significant power to the Lib Dems and Greens, and so my own vote will be targeted at ensuring these two parties do well and the SNP do not gain from my ballot.

I’ve also scrawled some thoughts on each councillor/party:

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