Category Archives: King’s Arms Junction

Signs obscuring the sights of Oxford

The photograph shows the Clarendon Building in Oxford, a fine stone building erected in 1711-1713 to the designs of Nicholas Hawksmoor. Hawksmoor was responsible for the towers of All Souls, for the front to Westminster Abbey, for some beautiful East … Continue reading

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Police fine light-jumping cyclists

If you were about in Oxford’s Broad Street or Parks Road today, you could be forgiven for thinking that a terrorist attack was imminent. More policemen than I thought existed here were gathered in mobs. What had dragged them away … Continue reading

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People (and street works) cause accidents

As the mob continues to bay for street works at the King’s Arms, we look at the real cause of urban accidents – people and thoughtless tinkering with road layouts. We are still no clearer as to the cause of … Continue reading

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More on Oxford’s cycling “blackspots”

I commented adversely yesterday on the casual use by the student newspaper Cherwell of the word “blackspot” to describe the junction where a student was killed under a lorry last week. By chance, I today came across a Cherwell article … Continue reading

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Black Spot for Student Journalists

I wrote yesterday (A cyclist dies at the lights – no action required) about the student killed at the end of Broad Street, commenting on how reason gets drowned out by the squeals of those who claim to have predicted … Continue reading

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A cyclist dies at the lights – no action required

The usual response to an accident is that the authorities are to blame, that they were “warned” about just this risk and that something – anything – must be done urgently to make sure that this “death-trap”, this “accident waiting … Continue reading

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