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E-scooters hit London streets – legally

A trial for legally hired e-scooters opened this week across a handful of London boroughs. Under the terms of the scheme, E-scooterists will have to park in designated zones enforced by geofencing. Speeds are limited to 12.5 mph and front and rear lights must be switched on at all times. If only such restrictions were applied to all motorised vehicles…

Rising use of private jets sends CO2 emissions soaring

CO2 emissions from private jets in Europe increased by nearly a third (31%) between 2005 and 2019, rising faster than commercial aviation emissions, finds a new report from campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E). The report, Private jets: can the super-rich supercharge zero emission aviation?, reveals the climate impact of private jets across Europe. It finds that private jets are…

Carrying children by bike

They thought they’d solved the challenge of carrying kids by bicycle in 1951 by simply transforming a pram into a sidecar. While that particular idea didn’t take off, bicycles remain one of the most joyful ways of travelling with your children. When it comes to carrying kids by bicycle, especially on the school run, there are various options to choose between.…

Let’s make Green Transport Week a year-round event

We launched Green Transport Week in 1993 to celebrate sustainable transport and to raise awareness of the part transport has on our way of life and the environment. Almost 30 years later, the issue has never been more important. Our national health emergency predates covid-19. Britain’s poisonous air causes 40,000 early deaths a year, with almost one in four of…

Streets are for people

Most of us who live in cities become blind to the blight caused by endless rows of cars parked along every street. We become immune to the visual clutter and numb to the road danger to which they contribute. We forget that streets are for people. During the first lockdown last year, traffic levels plummeted and many areas enjoyed a…