14 July 2008: Vive Le Tour // Civilised Streets

Celebrating Bastille Day and the first week of Le Tour De France plus a discussion of civilised streets with Louise Duggan, streets advisor at the UK’s Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Just six days until this year’s Dunwich Dynamo….

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  • Adam

    Jack,

    I think that the Duke of York pub in Clerkenwell—top courier hang-out—shows Le Tour on a TV.

  • Simon Boddy

    Hiya Jack,
    Civilised streets is very obviously a lovely idea. Listening to you raise your voices over the noise of the traffic, and particularly the motorbikes, gave the lie. This civilised crowd seem to think they can wish away the overwhelming power imbalance conferred by horsepower, a metal carapace, airbags, tinted windows etc. They’re equally panglossian about the goodwill of drivers. Without a matching commitment to reduce (halve) traffic volumes (like Paris) and enforce courteousness, we’re going to repeat the mistake of seeking an engineering solution to a behavioural problem.

  • http://www.fitroads.org Martin Cassini

    Panglossian – great word! But enforce courtesy? Nonsense. It arises spontaneously when people are free of artificial priority rules and free to use commonsense to negotiate movement.