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Barnacle: The wheel clamp evolves into a windscreen limpet

In the battle against car parking in cycle lanes comes a new deterrent; the Barnacle works like a giant windscreen-mounted limpet that completely obscures a driver’s view to render the vehicle undriveable until a penalty is paid. The Barnacle has been designed to an improvement over ticketing and wheel clamps, which its designers consider cumbersome, archaic and inefficient. Effective parking enforcement…

Brexit bicycle battery boost

If there’s a silver lining to Brexit, perhaps it’s the opportunity to revisit the law across Europe that governs, and restricts, the use of electric bicycles. According to current law (Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles – EAPC – (Amendment) Regulations 2015), electric bikes with powered assistance to a maximum of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) using a motor of no more than…

Orp: Smart light and sound for bicycles

The Orp is a small, but mighty bicycle light equipped with a strobe and a horn with two settings: The first is a polite 76 dB chirrup that’s for use on shared use paths or anywhere else you need to gently remind others of your approach – the second, a far louder 96 dB siren for when you really need to…

Five radical electric folding bikes you can buy today

Battery-powered bicycles already outsell electric cars in Europe by seven times and a new generation of electric folding bikes promises to further boost that figure. Electric folding bikes are small enough to take on public transport and light enough to be carried into a house to be re-charged. Best of all, the latest technology allows them to recharge themselves. 1. The Vello Bike+…

Driverless cars that smile

Most of us catch a motorist’s eye before we cross the street, so what will we do when confronted with driverless cars? Until we pedestrians and cyclists learn from experience that autonomous vehicles pose less of a risk than their human-controlled predecessors, the answer could be the Smiling Car concept. The Smiling Car uses an illuminated digital smile to let…