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Distracted smartphone users will be visible to drivers

The risk run by pedestrians who pay more attention to their phone than what’s going on in front of them is the inspiration behind new tech bring tested in Australia. The Vehicle-to-Pedestrian warning system allows a car’s radar collision system to detect a pedestrian’s mobile phone to help prevent crashes. Before a driver turns a blind corner the system notifies…

Nakefit: Shoes for walking barefoot

Spend enough time barefoot and the soles of your feet will toughen and become accustomed to all manner of terrain. For those of us confined to shoes, there comes an alternative in the form of Nakefit – a self-adhesive protective sole that allows the wearer to experience bare foot walking without any of the disadvantages. The easily-removable  stickers are waterproof and…

Next week is Walk to School Week

Walk to School Week is an initiative very close to our hearts. The very first Walk to School week was in 1995 and involved five primary schools taking part in our very own Green Transport Week. Since then the event has grown and grown. It has had to; a generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less…

Who shouts loudest about the roads?

When people are trained on how to help at the scene of a road traffic collision, the guidance is always the same; treat those making the least amount of noise first as they may be in greatest need. The same advice applies just as well to those in need of road improvements. The car lobby shouts loudly. Whether it’s the substantial sums…

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…