News Archives - Walking

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…

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…