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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…

Driverless buses to revolutionise transport in Cambridge

Cambridge looks set to become a test bed for driverless buses – otherwise known as autonomous mass-transit travel. The Affordable Very Rapid Transit (AVRT) would run overground on segregated routes and tunnelled sections . Headed up by Professor John Miles, an expert on transport systems at the University of Cambridge, a feasibility study estimates the cost of a 75kms network…

What causes numb hands while cycling?

Numbness in your fingers while riding a bicycle can occur if your riding style or seat position results in too much pressure being placed on your hands. According to Imperial College London, handlebar palsy, also referred to as cyclist’s palsy, can be caused by prolonged compression of the ulnar or median nerve. This compression syndrome can affect all cyclists, but…