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Let’s hasten the extinction of the disposable plastic carrier bag

Plastic carrier bag sales fell by more than 90% following the introduction of charges in 2015. However, recycling rates have fallen during lockdown and sales of ‘bags for life’, which use more plastic than the throwaway variety, continue to increase. The UK government has decided against robust action on disposable plastic. By contrast, France said banned every kind of plastic…

LTN attacks continue in the battle for our streets

Filthy engine oil has been poured over low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) planters in Lambeth. The vandalism is the most recent in a string of attacks on traffic-calming measures erected during the lockdown to promote safer streets. Despite support for many schemes being high among local residents, frequent criminal attacks define a battle for the future of Britain’s streets. Do we…

Highway Code revisions 2021 – Good, but no cigar

Revisions to the Highway Code revealed this week introduced the concept of a hierarchy of road users, which ensures that road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others. Responsibility of road users based on a hierarchy of risk is little more than common sense. When…

Amsterdam wasn’t always Amsterdam

Whenever you hear “we’re not Amsterdam” when imagining a better city, don’t forget that half a century ago neither was Amsterdam. David Attenborough’s Blue Planet wasn’t the first time a piece of footage helped drive environmental change. Another poignant example of television that galvanised people power was broadcast in the Netherlands in the early 1970s. According to the website bicycledutch:…

Carry on camping…by bicycle

The preoccupation in Britain with cycling as a sport makes it easy to overlook other aspects of life on two wheels. For example, cycle touring is a pursuit as old as the bicycle itself. Now reinvented as ‘bikepacking’ the business of setting off to ride and camp, taking with you only as much as you can carry, is as pure…