|Call it snirt, call it snarbage: we New York City cyclists|
have been dodging a lot of snowy, rubbishy mounds like
this in the last few weeks and months.
Sunday, 29 March 2015
Friday, 20 March 2015
|A Brooklyn bike lane after one recent snowfall. The angry|
Lexus driver of TriBeCa wants me to ride in such lanes
and get myself out of his way.
|Broadcasting House: who wouldn't make their|
point by driving an armoured vehicle here?
|A Cadillac ATS at the Detroit Auto Show:|
people like me seem like joyless prudes
if we suggest this maybe isn't an ideal urban car.
Update, March 25:
The BBC has decided - using unfortunately mealy-mouthed language - not to renew Jeremy Clarkson's contract. An internal investigation found that he harangued Oisin Tymon for a prolonged period and assaulted him for 30 seconds. Thinking he had lost his job as a result of Clarkson's anger, he drove himself to hospital. The BBC's report and the decision to suspend Clarkson's contract has had the predictable - but depressing - effect of making many of Clarkson's fans furious with Clarkson's victim.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
|A New York City bus: this one isn't being badly driven -|
but that doesn't mean it should be above the law
|"Your choices behind the wheel matter": a message that,|
100 years after Quintinshill, shouldn't need spelling out -
but clearly does.
|A rescue locomotive prepares to haul a train at Crewe, on the|
modern West Coast Main Line. Such operations are far more
safely performed nowadays, thanks to the lessons of past
disasters such as Quintinshill.
|My bike in Prospect Park: I'm very unlikely to kill or main|
someone else while riding it. But I recognise my moral
obligation to exercise due care.
Yet, even as an 11-year-old, I came to realise after some initial reluctance that the men’s attitude was so cavalier as to be criminally culpable. Tinsley was sentenced to three years’ hard labour in prison, while Meakin was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment. No mysterious force prompted the signallers to make their errors. They acted with casual disregard for their responsibility for the fates of the hundreds of people moving about on trains around them.
It was no more inevitable that the bus would move through the crosswalk that than that someone at Quintinshill would ring the bell to tell the neighbouring signalbox to allow the troop train to proceed. His union insists that de Jesus had a good safety record. That may well be true – but I on my bicycle, drivers in their motor vehicles and anyone whose actions could harm another has a responsibility to exercise reasonable care every single time.
|The outcome of a driver's negligence in Inwood - or, if you're a|
member of Transport Workers' Union Local 100, a
There are also many different degrees of negligence - and it may well be that de Jesus, if he was negligent, was guilty of only a momentary lapse. Negligence, meanwhile, lies at the lower end of a scale of motor vehicle misuse that runs from inattention, to recklessness and can stray into acts most people would regard as terrorism.
|A sign seeking to improve safety on a road in The Wirral,|
north-west England - defying the inevitable,
if one's Ray Kelly or a TWU leader
Thursday, 5 February 2015
|A bike on Vandam Street, SoHo, testifies to my fellow|
cyclists' enthusiasm for tackling New York streets in the snow
|The Allen St bike lanes: enjoy the view, wistful Londoners -|
but be sceptical this picture tells the whole story
Monday, 19 January 2015
Monday, 22 December 2014
|A positive cyclist-police interaction: Hilda Cohen, ride|
organiser, photographs two members of the 78th Precinct's
NYPD officers calmly march at the head of December 13's
Millions March NYC event: just because we take for granted
their readiness to protect marchers criticising them
doesn't mean it's not hard to do.
Marchers on the Millions March NY protest: some of them
shouted, "How do you spell racist? NYPD." I'd now be more
careful to point out it's the overall system - rather than each
individual officer - that's racist.
|Note to self: next time you see a line of cars like this,|
remember there are people inside