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DIY Low Traffic Neighbourhood: Create virtual congestion

Over the last 50 years and more, Britain’s streets have been designed and built for cars. The resulting road danger has meant fewer journeys on foot or by bike, a loss of independence for kids and a contribution towards air pollution that kills 40,000 a year. And yet, even the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) implemented to redress these perils have…

Winter cycling: Who needs Starbucks anyway?

This winter, why not swap your bidon for a freshly made coffee? We have a Commuter Javapress worth £30 to give away. The 15fl oz Commuter Javapress offers freshly pressed coffee in an easily transportable travel mug that fits in a standard water bottle cage. A sliding inner carafe presses the coffee to the bottom of the mug, allowing the filtered,…

Scrapheap challenge: Wheelie bin bike trailer

We love cargo bikes, but they’re expensive and can be tricky to store if you’re short on space. A couple of years ago we set ourselves a challenge to boost a conventional bicycle’s carry capacity to 240 litres on a budget of £50 (and make sure it remained easy to store). For reference, the cheapest 20-litre pannier we could find…

Bag a Basil bike basket

We think the number of bicycle baskets per 100 riders is a good indicator of how far cycling has evolved in any given area. The fact they’re used on town bikes by people running errands demonstrates cycling as an unexceptional, inclusive and everyday activity – a world away from a sport. To promote this cycling utopia, we have a Basil…

Gyms reopen in December, but researchers find cheaper alternative

As the end of the current lockdown heralds a reopening of gyms, many people may already hold the key to losing a few pounds – in the shape of their bicycle. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that inactive, overweight people can lose fat just as effectively by riding a bicycle as by paying to exercise in gyms. The…