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Double parking for cycles and e-scooters to boost micromobility

More cycles, cargo bikes and e-scooters on our streets are causing a shortage of parking spaces for these ‘micromoblities.’ Parking must double rapidly based on rising cycling levels, the roll-out of e-scooter hire trials and other factors, says new research from the London Cycling Campaign’s Policy Forum. “Decarbonising road transport by 2030 will require a massive expansion of secure, convenient…

E-scooters hit London streets – legally

A trial for legally hired e-scooters opened this week across a handful of London boroughs. Under the terms of the scheme, E-scooterists will have to park in designated zones enforced by geofencing. Speeds are limited to 12.5 mph and front and rear lights must be switched on at all times. If only such restrictions were applied to all motorised vehicles…

Let’s make Green Transport Week a year-round event

We launched Green Transport Week in 1993 to celebrate sustainable transport and to raise awareness of the part transport has on our way of life and the environment. Almost 30 years later, the issue has never been more important. Our national health emergency predates covid-19. Britain’s poisonous air causes 40,000 early deaths a year, with almost one in four of…

Streets are for people

Most of us who live in cities become blind to the blight caused by endless rows of cars parked along every street. We become immune to the visual clutter and numb to the road danger to which they contribute. We forget that streets are for people. During the first lockdown last year, traffic levels plummeted and many areas enjoyed a…

Another week, another child on a pavement killed by a driver

This was the week an uninsured hit-and-run driver killed a two-week-old baby as he was being pushed along a pavement by his mother. An unimaginably horrific event were it to be an isolated incident. However, it’s far from that. Over 40 people on pavements and verges in the UK are killed every year by drivers. It’s highly unusual for the…