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When consultation is a curse

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip, said the word ‘consult’ comes from a contraction of ‘to con’ and ‘to insult’. Perhaps he’s had experience of transport consultations. Pavement parking is banned in London – although seldom enforced – but elsewhere in the country it is only prohibited for lorries. Antisocial pavement parking is dangerous and has been a…

DIY Low Traffic Neighbourhood: Create virtual congestion

Over the last 50 years and more, Britain’s streets have been designed and built for cars. The resulting road danger has meant fewer journeys on foot or by bike, a loss of independence for kids and a contribution towards air pollution that kills 40,000 a year. And yet, even the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) implemented to redress these perils have…

Winter cycling: Who needs Starbucks anyway?

This winter, why not swap your bidon for a freshly made coffee? We have a Commuter Javapress worth £30 to give away. The 15fl oz Commuter Javapress offers freshly pressed coffee in an easily transportable travel mug that fits in a standard water bottle cage. A sliding inner carafe presses the coffee to the bottom of the mug, allowing the filtered,…

Damon Motorcycles: Electric bikes that promise a two-wheeled Tesla

While his ultimate dream might be to launch an electric equivalent to the Ford Model T, Elon Musk understands that it makes financial sense to fund research and development by selling low-volume, high performance cars to early adopters. Perhaps just as importantly, Musk is building a powerful brand – skilfully navigating the seeming dichotomies of being an environmentally friendly manufacturer…

Vast majority benefits from LTNs

The vast majority of people in London live on streets that could be part of low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) according to a new study Critics have argued the schemes benefit wealthier areas by simply pushing traffic elsewhere, but the report found “no clear social equity problem related to LTNs” and only minimal difference on the likelihood of this for households on lower…