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Could our cities could become car-free within a generation?

Could our cities could become car free within a generation? The question may seem fanciful, but it is of critical importance to a metropolis like London as it struggles to control air pollution and encourage cycling. Andrew Davis, managing director of the ETA, quotes our belief that the proliferation of cars comes with a wider social price. “Studies have found that people who…

Half van, half bicycle: The cut and shut vehicle that wants to take down diesel

No wonder the government is so reluctant to publish Britain’s clean air plan ahead of the election – it needs to be radical. An investigation by The Guardian and Greenpeace earlier this this month revealed  hundreds of thousands of children are being educated within 150 metres of a road where levels of nitrogen dioxide from diesel traffic breach legal limits. Almost…

Our cities are making us ill

It has long been known that air pollution in cities is bad for the lungs. There is now increasing evidence to suggest it also affects our brains. According to a study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, children living near busy roads during the first year of their life may face an increased risk of autism. Researchers from the…

Bicycles and the staples of a civilised day-to-day existence

Bicycles, like washing machines, are not something that should need to be evangelised about. They are a staple of a civilised day-to-day existence. However, when the question of why more people don’t cycle comes up in conversation, it’s amazing the excuses that are conjured. It’s too dangerous; there are no showers at my office; my commute is too far; there…

Urban transport 2030: Electric car vs. electric bicycle

Toyota has the answer to urban transport in 2030. Possibly. Forget about 0-60 times and top speed, the latest Toyota concept car is being promoted on the promise of “fun whilst driving even at slow speeds in the urban environment.” In a sign of cars to come, i-TRIL is driven by an electric motor, seats three and weighs in at only…