I had a post to publish today that I was quite excited about – I just needed a tiny bit of data that I was going to go out and record this morning. Sadly, due to a puncture and a few frantic, fumbling minutes of indecision, my bike currently looks like this (apologies for grainy phone pic):
Normal service to resume shortly. In the mean time, let me remind you of this gem of a post from the sorely missed Real Cycling blog:
Closing Blackfriars Bridge and its approach roads to traffic (the black-striped sections in the illustration on the right) would actually improve the overall traffic flow in London. That’s the counter-intuitive suggestion in a 2008 paper by academics Hyejin Youn, Hawoong Jeong and Michael Gastner.
Drivers, each choosing the most efficient route for themselves, actually don’t produce the overall best solution for traffic flow – and that by closing off some of their options, you force them into a more optimal solution.
I’m sure TfL have a wealth of research to substantiate their scheme to add an extra traffic lane to the bridge. If only they’d bothered to do a proper consultation, we might have an idea what it is.