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Pedlet: A pedal-powered parklet

Parklets are popping up in cities around the country as community groups and local authorities encourage us all to question the car’s dominance of public space. 1970s San Francisco became the birthplace of the parklet – a way of reclaiming road space in favour of people. The first one-day parklet was created in 2005 when a group fed a parking meter with coins,…

Our right to breathe clean air

After six years of campaigning a judge has agreed to a new inquest into the death of a healthy girl in London who died after developing a serious form of asthma. Ella Roberta Adoo-Kissi-Debrah lived with her family on died aged nine in 2013 after suffering for two years from chronic asthma. An inquest into her death found she died…

Stop Killing Our Children – The film

We’ve done it. With a day to spare, and thanks to the generosity of over 200 supporters, we’ve raised a little over £10,000 to make a short film about road danger. If you would like to make a donation towards the film, you have until Saturday 1 December 2018 at Kickstarter.com Road danger in Britain not only kills and injures…

DST: Time for change

Daylight Savings Time (DST), the twice yearly changing of the clocks across Europe causes disruption and has been shown to be damaging to health. Britain ran an experiment between 1968-1971 in which British Summer Time was left in place all year round;  clocks went forward in March 1968 and not put back until October 1971. The experiment resulted in an…

Our roads are today’s open sewers of the 19th century

Future generations will react to today’s ambivalence towards road danger in the same way as we recoil at the thought of the open sewers of Victorian London. So says Danny Dorling,  a professor from Sheffield University argues road safety is a public health not a transport issue, and until it is properly addressed people will continue to die. Fear of road danger…