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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…

Let’s hop aboard an electric trolleybus

There was a time when many British towns and cities hummed with the sound of the trolleybus. Bridging the gap between trams and diesel buses, the benefits of the electric trolleybus include zero emissions on the street, very little noise, and powerful, smooth acceleration. And from the perspective of the operator, trolleybuses offer lower maintenance costs. Given their strengths, it’s…

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…

Pay-as-you-go hydrogen car edges closer to production

Britain’s most radical automotive company is edging ever closer to full-scale production of a hydrogen car with a 300-mile range. Pay-as-you-go hydrogen car Riversimple aims to transform the way we use our cars by replacing outright ownership of diesel and petrol cars with hydrogen-powered vehicles you lease like a mobile phone. Customers will typically take a car for 1 – 3…