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DIY Low Traffic Neighbourhood: Create virtual congestion

Over the last 50 years and more, Britain’s streets have been designed and built for cars. The resulting road danger has meant fewer journeys on foot or by bike, a loss of independence for kids and a contribution towards air pollution that kills 40,000 a year. And yet, even the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) implemented to redress these perils have…

Gyms reopen in December, but researchers find cheaper alternative

As the end of the current lockdown heralds a reopening of gyms, many people may already hold the key to losing a few pounds – in the shape of their bicycle. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that inactive, overweight people can lose fat just as effectively by riding a bicycle as by paying to exercise in gyms. The…

Bag an umbrella for the blustery conditions ahead

With blustery meteorological and economic conditions ahead, we want to show solidarity by giving away a clever design of umbrella – complete with an image of the blue skies that always lie beyond. The umbrella should be considered standard issue for any journey in Britain – however one travels and whatever the time of year. It’s a design that has…

Vast majority benefits from LTNs

The vast majority of people in London live on streets that could be part of low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) according to a new study Critics have argued the schemes benefit wealthier areas by simply pushing traffic elsewhere, but the report found “no clear social equity problem related to LTNs” and only minimal difference on the likelihood of this for households on lower…

LTNs and the fight for our streets

A battle is taking place on British roads. In the red corner, those who want to tackle road danger, air pollution and climate change. In the blue corner, those willing to tolerate the status quo. The current skirmish involves Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs), schemes that use bollards or planters to stop rat running and create safe spaces for walking and…