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October 2010 Blog Posts (5)

Criminal commonsense?

Returning from Sainsbury’s in Vauxhall to Waterloo at 8 this morning, a driver managed to cut his journey time by over half, with matching savings in fuel use and emissions. How? By ignoring the barrage of red lights that sought to block his progress, even though there was no traffic, let alone conflicting traffic. The route took in the small signal-controlled roundabout on the south side of Lambeth Bridge, which conjures…


Added by Martin Cassini on October 30, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

Myths about driving

A myth (or example of official improperganda) is that traffic lights secure our safety. Two "accidents" I’ve been involved in, one when I was cycling along Gray’s Inn Rd and was hit by a car, the other when a friend was badly injured outside her flat by a car ricocheting off a taxi – both happened at lights. Lights and priority prompt inappropriate, conflicting speeds. Equal (or no) priority prompts slow approach…


Added by Martin Cassini on October 29, 2010 at 11:30 — No Comments

Revolution on the road?

Some councils are wising up to ideas of traffic deregulation, which until recently they resisted tooth and nail. Yes, a road revolution is in the air. But most councils still miss the wider context, so, for the time being, we are still required to conform to the technocrat’s idea of how we should act. Under the current system of PRIORITY, we must continue to live (and die) by rules that derive from railway engineering.…


Added by Martin Cassini on October 26, 2010 at 18:30 — No Comments

Fairness hardwired

Today's behavioural psychologists say a sense of fairness is hardwired into us. Yet we have to suffer an unfair traffic control system, one that confers unequal rights on different road-users, that forces us to act against our better nature and better judgement. In 2008, when I pitched lights-off trials to Boris/the GLA, he…


Added by Martin Cassini on October 10, 2010 at 16:00 — No Comments

The word is spreading

There is an excellent piece about traffic lights as symbols of state control here. It seems to have been prompted by my videos. Know what a minarchist is? Nor did I. But I must be one.…


Added by Martin Cassini on October 9, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

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