The transatlantic diablog award 2010 – Shortlist profile: At War With The Motorist

Name: At War With The Motorist – Our correspondents’ dispatches from the front

Place: East of the Atlantic

Author/Blogrunner: Joe Dunckley, Dawn Foster and Ed Gerstner

Idea: We document the current transport situation in Britain.



So here we are with politics. At War With The Motorist is what blogs should be about: Critical, commenting, sometimes maybe with wrong ideas, but always direct. The three authors of “At War With The Motorist” concentrate on the traffic-situation of one of Europe’s largest town – London. As every town it has some difficulties regarding their daily amount of cars, pedestrains, bikes, trains and so on. People who comment on that, comment on politics. Often diasagree with them. At War With The Motorist disagrees with “Phillip Hammond, a Tory treasury man with no understanding of any form of transport except the road that his Jaguar takes from his Surrey constituency to Parliament Square”. But they not only disagree and work against him, they also show ways to solve problems. Hovercrafts and other new and old (maybe even forgotten) technologies. That’s cool. It’s easy to blame, but a bit harder to give new ideas.


Nominated post:

It’s this one here: Fear of cycling

The post brings together what the blog is about. Knowledge of related media, a sense for writing that sees both sides of the story and comments on a relevant topic. Bikes and cars in London and how they could work together well. The idea, well it’s not their idea, is to build cycle superhighways…

“Create a network of real cycling superhighways into and through London — direct wide joined-up and pleasant motor-free routes; about twelve of them, say, radiating from a partially de-motorised zone 1 — and you will not merely provide a nicer path for the people who already cycle.  You will unleash the latent demand for cycling and cyclist numbers will swell to ten times their current number.  Not every metre of these cyclists’ journeys will be on the twelve superhighways, nor will all of their journeys be on routes served by one.  Rather than taking cyclists off the roads, real superhighways will create more, just as Motorways helped put many more cars on the country lanes and residential streets.  Drivers will be more used to seeing cyclists, and more used to being cyclists.”


Artwork: Screenshots of At War With The Motorist



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