Andrew Gilligan – London’s cycling commissioner from 2013–16 – has a piece in The Guardian asking who’s behind “Unblock the Embankment,” the campaign aiming to remove much of the Embankment cycleway (unlike this Unblock the Embankment campaign which wants to get rid of all motors … Continue readingAndrew Gilligan: Who’s behind the bid to get London’s flagship bike lane ripped up?
There are a great number of black-and-white photos showing chronic motor-vehicle congestion on the Embankment. Take care when posting them on social media because those who know their history will counter that they are not representative of a normal day. The shots date from May … Continue reading1920s Embankment gridlock pix should be used with care
The other “Unblock the Embankment” campaign – run by cabbies – wants to grub up the cycleway to make more space for motor vehicles, black cabs mainly, so they can chug along at 5mph but this time across multiple lanes, like the bad old days. … Continue readingAnti-cycleway leaflet pix show congestion caused by pre-cycleway cabbie protest
In different eras Britain’s roads have been dominated by pedestrians, waggons, bicycles, trams, omnibuses and – latterly – motor vehicles. Researching the past shows us that things change. The hegemony of the car (and the HGV) is taken for granted today, but it isn’t a … Continue readingEmbankment cycleway used to be a tram route
London is the world’s best city. To keep it that way we should widen the cycleway and reduce space for motor vehicles. The Embankment is a uniquely important arterial road connecting East and Central London. But, thanks to excessive use of motor vehicles, congestion has … Continue readingUnblock the Embankment!