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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…

Gyms reopen in December, but researchers find cheaper alternative

As the end of the current lockdown heralds a reopening of gyms, many people may already hold the key to losing a few pounds – in the shape of their bicycle. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that inactive, overweight people can lose fat just as effectively by riding a bicycle as by paying to exercise in gyms. The…

Doctors demand 20mph urban speed limit to help ease current pressure on NHS

Leading doctors are calling on the government to ease pressure on the NHS by introducing an Emergency National Urban Limit. Driving less fast prevents collisions and reduces the numbers and severity of road victims the NHS has to care for at this critical time. For this reason, the doctors advocate a reduction in the national speed limit from 30mph to…

Win your own air pollution monitor

Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 8.8m early deaths a year – higher even than the figure for smoking. It means that humans are losing three years of their lives on average, German researchers have found. Here in Britain the figure is 1.5 years. The study measured PM2.5 – atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that has a diameter of less than…

Enforcement of 20mph speed limits ‘statistically insignificant’

20mph zones hold the key to safer streets in urban areas, but the efficacy of these lower speed limits suffers a double whammy of enforcement levels so low they’re statistically insignificant and road design that encourages a flouting of the law. Don’t get us wrong. Here at the ETA, we’re proud to have helped coin the phrase “Twenty’s plenty” and…