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Beautiful infrastructure puts people first

If it’s possible to beautify an electricity pylon, why shouldn’t all infrastructure be elegant? Indeed, when physical and organisational facilities exist to serve people, and most should, beauty should perhaps be an imperative. Iceland has commissioned highly sculptural electricity pylons that resemble giant human figures striding across the countryside. The metallic structures are a powerful metaphor for our consumption of…

Airbag hip protector

The proliferation of airbag technology has seen it move from car steering wheels to dashboards…and now belts. The Hip’Air is the first wearable airbag to prevent people from injuring their hips should they fall. If sensors within the device decide that the wearer is falling, bags that protect the hips are deployed in milliseconds. The human airbag is designed for…

“Quicker by bicycle than car” says 94-year-old

When I reach 94, I want to be like Ernest Slade. Not only is he blessed with a large and loving family, which extends to a great-great-grandson, but he leads such an active lifestyle that he regularly cycles four miles to a local lake where he sails a dinghy. We are proud to say that Ernest is our oldest cycle…

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…