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Barking that kids have to protest for safe crossings

This was the week we joined forces with Sustrans and Living Streets to help a community campaign for a safe crossing. We brought our inflatable pop-up zebra crossing to Barking to help local residents who struggling in the face of road danger. It was telling that those who attended the protest ranged in age from 5 to 85. The road…

Beautiful infrastructure puts people first

If it’s possible to beautify an electricity pylon, why shouldn’t all infrastructure be elegant? Indeed, when physical and organisational facilities exist to serve people, and most should, beauty should perhaps be an imperative. Iceland has commissioned highly sculptural electricity pylons that resemble giant human figures striding across the countryside. The metallic structures are a powerful metaphor for our consumption of…

Inflatable zebra crossing for young and old

Our inflatable zebra crossing, which we designed to help schools campaign for safe crossings, came to the aid of different community group this week when it travelled to a retirement complex in Stapleford. Carpenters Court offers 48 dwellings for older folk and is situated next to a busy road. As part of the original plans, £40,000 was paid towards the…

Even our MPs think road traffic law is “farce”

Magistrates heard this week how a driver failed to see the cyclist waiting in the middle of the road to make a turn – only becoming aware of the cyclist’s presence when he was sent flying over the windscreen leaving him with injuries requiring four days in intensive care. District Judge Stephen Nicholls described the incident as a “momentary lapse…

High-tech zebra crossing misses the point

Perhaps it’s because so many of us pay more attention to screens than anything else or perhaps because large flashing spheres and huge bands of black and white road paint are seemingly so hard to spot, but a group of engineers has devised a stretch of road that’s effectively a TV screen. The interactive pedestrian crossing responds dynamically in an…