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Hiplok Z Lok combo up for grabs

They say every bicycle weighs the same; a lightweight (and by extension, expensive) bike requires a heavy lock whereas its cheap and cheerful cousin (which weighs more) can make do with a lighter lock. If you own a lightweight road bike it’s likely you often ride without any lock at all, but what to do when you stop for a…

The cargo bikes perfectly sized for UK streets

Cargo bikes are perfect for city streets but the larger and wider they are, the trickier they become to store. There is nothing new about the small-wheeled cargo bike, but the Tern electric-powered GSD is beautifully conceived – a bike designed to carry two kids, a week’s worth of groceries or 180 kg of cargo while at the same time…

Parking problems: The European mayors grasping the nettle

The former London commissioner for cycling,  Andrew Gilligan, may once have described parking as ‘the third rail of politics – if you touch it, you die’, but mayors around Europe are beginning to take a stand. The German city of Tübingen is to increase parking fees by 600 per cent in a bid to discourage the use of large and…

Police-sanctioned planning sees cycle lanes blocked

Why are police forces removing benches, shrubbery and cycle lanes in a bid to reduce crime? In Ashford, Police recently uprooted benches and shrubbery as part of a trial to ‘prevent antisocial behaviour in hotspot areas’ – part of a draconian trend that’s seeing police influence the design of public spaces and architecture. Elsewhere, Lib Dem councillor Ruth Fletcher has…

Secondhand electric car sales surge

The secondhand market for electric cars is booming, having more than doubled in the past year. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of used electric cars that changed hands in 2021 increased by 120%. The secondhand car market has been buoyed by a global shortage of semiconductor computer chips that has seen values of…