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Build your own caravan

If you’re a fan of self-sufficient holidays and DIY, have you ever considered building your own caravan? The Slidavan is a lightweight 2-berth telescopic DIY caravan designed to fit on a small un-braked trailer with a gross capacity of 500 kilos. No special materials or skills are needed to build a Slidavan, but you will need to dedicate around 200…

Driving in France? Beware new speed limits

The speed limit on French secondary roads – the two-lane highways that criss cross  400,000 km of the country – has been reduced from 90km/h to 80km/h as of 1 July 2018. The french government has imposed the new limit to reduce road deaths, which reached nearly 3,500 in 2016. If the roads of continental Europe beckon once again his…

Car Free Days and Britain’s poisoned air

A collapse in the number of British towns supporting World Car Free Day – the annual event that encourages motorists around the globe to leave their cars at home in favour of bicycles, trains and buses – reflects our country’s inability to tackle serious air pollution. The article above describes Car Free Day 2001, an event that drew support from…

How can the Dutch afford to pay motorists 22p per mile to cycle?

Almost a quarter of the Dutch population cycles every day – making the most of the country’s 35,000 km of dedicated cycle infrastructure or the 70 per cent of urban streets traffic calmed and limited to 20mph. However, a growing population and an associated increase in car use has prompted the Dutch Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Stientje Van Veldhoven,…

Close pass: Incompetence or malice?

Close passes by motorists are as much a part of cycling on British roads as potholes, but there can be only two possible explanations for why a motorist overtakes dangerously close to a cyclist – incompetence or malice. In the absence of widespread and good quality infrastructure to protect cyclists from motorised traffic, The Safer Roads Partnership and operational policing…