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Play the blame game and no-one wins


John Dales
29 March 2019
If we keep building them...
If we keep building them...
As we all know, point one finger and three will point back at you
As we all know, point one finger and three will point back at you
... is it any surprise they keep coming?
... is it any surprise they keep coming?


A couple of weeks ago, a fellow called George Monbiot (a writer fairly well-known for his environmental and political activism) wrote an article for The Guardian in which he said that, “The car is still useful – for a few people it’s essential. It would make a good servant. But it has become our master.” These words caught my eye, not just because I think George is on to something, but because I wrote about that same something in these pages around 18 months...

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John Dales

John Dales

John Dales MSC BSC MCIHT CMILT Director, Urban Mov

John is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with 29 years’ professional experience that spans from strategic transport planning to concept design. Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director being responsible for Urban Initiatives’ Movement + Streets portfolio before founding Urban Movement. John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities, including the City of Edinburgh, the London Borough of Ealing and Southend Borough Council, as well as a Design Review Panellist for Transport for London and Urban Design London.

He is a Trustee of Living Streets, was a contributing author to Manual for Streets 2, and is a former Board member of the Transport Planning Society. He’s an experienced trainer of other transport practitioners, a regular conference speaker and chair, and has been author of a monthly article in Local Transport Today on ‘Transport in Urban Design’ since 2005.


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