Exactly. I can’t think of a single Birmigham ring road roundabout out of those without underpasses, for instance, where I wouldn’t feel safer walker or cycling on the pavement (if it’s empty enough).

The Alternative Department for Transport

Yet another ridiculous news story has landed, this time about some students at Edinburgh University who have attached electrodes, cameras and microphones to people’s heads to see how stressed they feel riding around in a park compared to a huge, busy roundabout.

So it’s another piece of research you can file under “No Shit, Sherlock”, then. (“Do people on bikes feel stressed when faced with multiple, swirling lanes of massive trucks? There’s only one way to find out. Approve that research funding, professor!”)

But the real kicker is this: rather than use this data to identify which roads and junctions most urgently need updating with modern, cycling-friendly infrastructure, the intention is to develop a smartphone app which will then act as a mini John Franklin (or worse ? John Forester) telling you to take the lane and watch out for car doors, as if it’s going to make the slightest…

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