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Why no war on road terror?

Within moments of the road traffic collision outside the Natural History Museum this week, which saw many pedestrians injured by a car that careered onto the pavement, the area was crawling with police armed response teams, hazardous material containment personnel and a helicopter was overhead. Within 20 minutes, my iPad started to blink with news reports of the suspected terror…

It’s been a bad month for road danger reduction

It has been a bad month for road danger. The media circus surrounding the tragic death of a woman in London who died following a collision involving a cyclist has prompted the Government to order an urgent review of cycling and the law, and write to all major cycling organisations to ask them to remind their members to respect the…

Air pollution policy shambles sees speed humps removed

The shambles that is the British government’s policy on air pollution has taken a surreal twist as it transpires councils in England will be funded to tear up speed bumps on the basis they cause pollution as drivers accelerate between them. In a perfect example of political dis-jointed thinking, it seems likely that fewer traffic humps will increase vehicle speed,…

Regular cycling for transport halves stress

Regular cycling can reduce stress by as much as 52 per cent according to new research Global Health Barcelona and published in the BMJ Open magazine. The survey of 800 adults aged 18 to 69, found that those who cycle once a week benefit from at least a 20 per cent reduction in likelihood of stress – a figure that…

British urban jungle loses 60 street trees every day

Given outdoor air pollution in Britain contributes to around 40,000 deaths every year, it seems odd that so little is done to reduce pollution. The challenge of protecting our clean air can seem insurmountable, but only because there is so little joined-up thinking in government. Take as one tiny example, the removal of street trees, which are being felled by…