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A new northern powerhouse of cycling

Manchester this week unveiled plans for Beelines – a cycle network comprising 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated lanes that will represent the largest joined-up network in Britain. The city is benefiting from that rarest of things: Politicians brave enough to be “absolutely unapologetic” that the eventual 1,000-mile cycle network will take space away from cars and could make motor journeys slower in what…

Quicab to replace diesel taxis

Looking like a cross between a recumbent bicycle and a small articulated lorry, the Quicab has the potential to revolutionise inner city taxis services and help tackle London’s poisoned air. The Quicab can chauffeur four passengers at speeds of up to 15 mph thanks to the Velove Armadillo cargo bike ‘tractor unit’. Crucially, it produces no tailpipe emissions. Should the…

Clima water bottle to beat plastic waste

If you include power plant cooling water, it takes seven litres of water simply to manufacture a one-litre bottle. To that environmental cost you can add the 162g of oil required to make the plastic, all the associated CO2 emissions and the millions of tons of land fill or ocean waste to which the bottled water industry contributes. Just as…

Clean Air Day 2018

Given that outdoor air pollution in Britain contributes to over 40,000 deaths every year, it seems odd that so little is done to reduce pollution. Perhaps it’s because so little air pollution is invisible to the human eye, it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind. Clean Air Day 2018 this week aimed to raise awareness of this…

Death by design

A 14-year-old boy who was cycling home from school in Weymouth yesterday was killed by the driver of an articulated lorry. It’s far too early to establish the precise circumstances of the collision, but of two things we can be certain: Not only will the boy’s family and friends be suffering unimaginable grief, but nothing will happen to mitigate the…