News Archives - Walking

Pedlet: A pedal-powered parklet

Parklets are popping up in cities around the country as community groups and local authorities encourage us all to question the car’s dominance of public space. 1970s San Francisco became the birthplace of the parklet – a way of reclaiming road space in favour of people. The first one-day parklet was created in 2005 when a group fed a parking meter with coins,…

50 years behind the Netherlands…and counting

On a trip to the Netherlands last week, we didn’t see a single cyclist. Just tens of thousands of people using bicycles to get about. We didn’t see a single item of high visibility clothing and spotted only four riders wearing helmets. Most interesting was the healthy disrespect the Dutch appear to have for their bicycles; left overnight in great…

High-tech zebra crossing

When people have to work in or around a road it’s considered a serious healthy and safety issue involving risk assessments, special equipment and even closure of the carriageway. The rest of us who interact with busy roads have to make do with little more than good luck. With this inequality in mind, a new high-tech upgrade for the traditional…

Mini-Holland schemes boost cycling and walking

A scheme to boost cycling in London has been shown to increase walking as well as the number of cyclists. The so-called Mini-Holland scheme allocated a pot of £100m between three London Boroughs to demonstrate the benefits of proper funding for sustainable transport. Research by Dr Rachel Aldred of Westminster University found that after one year, people living in Waltham Forest, Enfield…

Stop Killing Our Children

We aim to raise £10,000 to make a film about the road danger in Britain that kills and injures over 16,000 kids every year and poisons air for millions more. STOP KILLING OUR CHILDREN will put a spotlight on the institutionalised apathy towards road deaths that sees 24,000 people killed or seriously injured every year on British roads. Find out…