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Win a reflective ghoul for school

Who knows if trick or treating numbers will be back to normal this year, but with the clocks going back on the same day why not hedge your bets with a ghostly reflector. According to Bookman, “we can’t guarantee these little will animals will scare anyone, but they will definitely add safety thanks to their certified reflective capabilities.” The ghoulish…

More children being killed on UK roads

It should come as no surprise that the significant drop in traffic on UK roads during lockdown resulted in a drop in casualties. In fact, there were an estimated 1,460 reported road deaths in 2020, down 17 per cent on 2019. However, while motorised traffic dropped, cycling increased and with it the number of deaths. The average cyclist fatalities for…

London councils that tear out LTNs face funding loss

Ealing Council in London may yet regret its decision to this week tear out seven recently installed low-traffic neighbourhood schemes. While many local authorities around the UK acknowledge the environmental benefits of reducing traffic levels, Ealing Council, alongside fellow London councils Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Redbridge, Sutton and Wandsworth) risk losing funding as a result of scrapping schemes prematurely.…

Is Birmingham about to become the UK’s flagship liveable city?

Birmingham may be one of the country’s original motor cities, but like so many of our urban centres, it is blighted by congestion and pollution –  25 per cent of the city’s car journeys are one mile or shorter. However, change is on its way. In a bid to tackle costly congestion and create a more liveable city, the council…

This year and every year: Stop killing our Children

The celebration of Car Free Day this week brings into sharp focus the need for liveable streets. Road danger in Britain not only kills and injures over 16,000 kids every year, but the associated air pollution poisons millions more. Two years have passed since the generosity of over 200 supporters raised £10,000 for us to make a short film about…