When is a bus stop not a bus stop?

It looks like a bus stop... (photo credit: ETA Trust)

It looks like a bus stop… (photo credit: ETA Trust)

It looks like a bus stop. There’s a shelter, a sign and passengers milling about. There’s even a bus waiting.

If you look closely, however, there are a few clues that this is no ordinary bus stop: the people in hi-viz jackets, carrying clipboards and stop watches; the carefully choreographed movements of the passengers; the distinct lack of any other traffic on the road. And since when has any bus stop (at least in this country) had a bike track running behind it?

For this is no real bus stop. It is, in fact, a new ‘cyclist-friendly’ bus stop design being trialled as part of Boris’s vision for cycling in London. Continue reading

Here we go again…


Boris…my knight on a bicycle?

So. If Boris’s vision for cycling in London, announced last week, becomes a reality, it will be nothing less than a cycling revolution. Dutch-style segregated lanes! Crossrail for bikes! Quietways! Mini-Hollands! De-Lycrafying! Could this really be London he’s talking about?

Indeed it must be – because no sooner had the plans been announced than the criticism started. No, not of the plans, but of us cyclists. A journalist was quoted on the London Cycling Campaign’s Facebook page as asking, “Now these new facilities have been promised, do you think cyclists have a responsibility to improve their behaviour?”


Why, now that we’ve been promised some major (and long overdue) investment into the cycling infrastructure in London, should I have a responsibility to ‘improve my behaviour’? I already cycle in a safe and responsible manner, thank you very much. Continue reading