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Posted Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 14:53 in Robert's blog
The tram in Birmingham is so expensive it will never provide mass transport, but it impedes cycling, a form of transport that is highly cost-effective. …
Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 09:23 in Robert's blog
European Day Without a Road Death, or Project EDWARD, has an obvious and commendable aim. So why do we hear nothing about it? …
Selly Oak High Street
Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 18:49 in Robert's blog
Push Bikes has scored another win for Birmingham cyclists, this time at Selly Oak, but all is not green in the Green Travel District …
A field way in North Germany
Posted Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 12:02 in Robert's blog
On Christmas night millions of British people experience a holy night, but traffic noise will make it very much not a silent night, and certainly not a "stille nacht". It doesn't have to be this way …
Posted Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 14:12 in Robert's blog
A super-bright front light isn't entirely brilliant …
City Ride
Posted Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 16:37 in Robert's blog
The first City Ride was well-organised and well-attended, and made for for a lively and pleasant day out …
Posted Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 16:53 in Robert's blog
There is a very visible, indeed super-luminous difference in approach to personal safety on either side of the North Sea …
Posted Monday, December 5, 2016 - 08:50 in Robert's blog
The Transport Committee of the United Kingdom parliament is holding an …
Traffic congestion at Selly Oak Triangle
Posted Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 13:49 in Robert's blog
Birmingham City Council have proposed keeping Selly Oak crushed beneath the weight of motor traffic. Other towns and cities have taken steps to reverse this trend, and have achieved significant reductions in motor traffic, meaning that a bloated road network simply isn't needed. …
Posted Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 18:30 in Robert's blog
The flight of steps that is the canal tow-path access at University station are being replaced.…
Frederick Road in Selly Oak
Posted Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 17:17 in Robert's blog
Birmingham City Council has recently submitted a bid for £1.5m of European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) monies for a package of sustainable transport measures linked to the Selly Oak Green Travel District. Do you think we would be better off without that money? …
Posted Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 16:38 in Robert's blog
Will the high technology such as the internet of mobile things solve the problem of traffic congestion? Or should we pay closer attention to what William of Ockham had to say on the subject of problem solving? …
Two locks is not always better than one
Posted Monday, April 11, 2016 - 19:31 in Robert's blog
This is what I found when I locked up my bike at Sainsbury's in Selly Oak on Sunday. They were not there the day before. There was no sign of a bike (other than mine).…
London Cycling Campaign proposed truck design
Posted Monday, March 21, 2016 - 09:04 in Robert's blog
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, believes cyclists would be better off if Britain were not a member of the European Union, yet the best cycling infrastructure in the world is found in countries that are members. How can this anomaly be? …
Würth dry chain lubricant
Posted Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 13:55 in Robert's blog
A good solution to the eternal problem of keeping an exposed chain lubricated without it becoming a sticky mess. …
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