Category: Cycling advocacy

On why “be safe, be seen” is nonsense

A commonly spouted mantra on how to make cycling on the UK’s roads safer is “be safe, be seen”. The idea being that if you make yourself visible to motorists, they won’t run you over. Sounds straightforward enough, doesn’t it? Sadly,...

On where we’re up to on the Prestwich High Street plans

It’s hard to say really. The whole thing seems to be a bit of a mess right now. I originally wrote about this scheme here: https://bangingonaboutbikes.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/on-why-its-crucial-to-get-cycling-right-in-prestwich/ and those thoughts are still very much valid, albeit now tinged by an unhelpful dose...

On how (not) to counter the “road tax” argument

On how (not) to counter the “road tax” argument

We looked at some brief points on “road tax” here: https://bangingonaboutbikes.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/on-why-the-road-tax-argument-is-bullshit/. This post looks in a bit more detail at ways of dealing with the mouth-breathers who invoke that pathetic line of non-reasoning and seeks to debunk a commonly used retort....

On why “cyclists” are so hated.

On why “cyclists” are so hated.

There is no denying that the hard-of-thinking hate “cyclists”. “Cyclists”, that prescribed, impenetrable group of road users afforded special rights to use the roads without any of the administrative overheads foisted on the poor, downtrodden motorist. “Cyclists”, that group of slow-moving...

On why the “road tax” argument is bullshit

On why the “road tax” argument is bullshit

I originally wrote a really long post on this, parts of which I may still use in other polemics, but I think the main points are best expressed succinctly as follows: “Road tax” is an erroneous colloquialism for Vehicle Exise Duty,...