News Archives - Environment

Barking that kids have to protest for safe crossings

This was the week we joined forces with Sustrans and Living Streets to help a community campaign for a safe crossing. We brought our inflatable pop-up zebra crossing to Barking to help local residents who struggling in the face of road danger. It was telling that those who attended the protest ranged in age from 5 to 85. The road…

Hand soap bicycle hack

If you like tinkering with your bike, but don’t like getting oil stuck under your fingernails what’s the answer? You can use latex gloves, but what if you’re trying to reduce your consumption of single-use plastic? How about scratching at a bar or soap? We can’t claim credit for dreaming up this clever solution, but we’re keen to pass it…

Get your tanks off our lawn – how cars are getting heavier

The BBC this week trumpeted news that not a single occupant of the Volvo XC90 SUV has been killed since 2012. Other than the article reading like a puff piece for the Swedish car maker, it overlooks entirely the question of how many many other road users have perished in crashes involving the two-ton vehicle. If car driver and occupants is the…

Sweden to experience life-size Scalextric on electric roads

Sweden aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. In order to reduce the emissions from road transport, which currently account for 30 per cent of the country’s total, engineers are developing electric roads that bear a resemblance to life-size Scalextric. eRoadArlanda is the first electrified road to allow both commercial and passenger traffic to be recharged while driving. The system…

10,000 reasons British road traffic law is wasting police time

As police struggle to carry out their duties in the face of budget cuts, British road traffic law is making their job harder still. Over 10,000 drivers continue to drive legally despite having accrued more than 12 penalty points. Every day, careless and dangerous drivers are stopped by the police and prosecuted by the CPS, but then treated so leniently…