‘Traffic lights are so dictatorial’ … but are roundabouts on the way out?

The Guardian (19/10/2015) – http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/oct/19/traffic-lights-roundabouts-way-out The article looks at two differing perspectives from the UK and the USA, largely focussing on vehicle traffic flow.  The dangers of roundabouts to pedestrians and cyclists is acknowledged.  Our Chair emphasises the point of implementing safer designs: In Newcastle, the double-roundabout at Haddricks Mill in South Gosforth has achieved notoriety among cyclists for its blind spots, narrow lanes and confusing road markings, as well as the speed and volume of cars, trucks and buses that pass through. Local cycling campaigner Kat Leyendecker calls it “the Mincer”: the site of 14 crashes, with 21 people[…]

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Safe cycling to schools

Made in Tyne & Wear (9 July 2015) Sally Watson (Jesmond chair) and Katja Leyendecker (chair) were interviewed by Andy Sixsmith of Made in Tyne & Wear. When we find the time and a willing volunteer, we may transcribe or video (youtube) the interview.

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itv TyneTees Newcastle conference

itv TyneTees (25 June 2015) Katja said If we have managed to design a really good transport system for driving, we can do the same for walking and cycling as well. We just need to chnage that set of minds from behind the steering wheel. Drag [decision-makers, politicians, engineers and planners] out. And start thinking about what it feels like behind the handlebars.”

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