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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…

Bicycles and the staples of a civilised day-to-day existence

Bicycles, like washing machines, are not something that should need to be evangelised about. They are a staple of a civilised day-to-day existence. However, when the question of why more people don’t cycle comes up in conversation, it’s amazing the excuses that are conjured. It’s too dangerous; there are no showers at my office; my commute is too far; there…

Do you match the mode of travel to your trip?

How flexible are you about how you travel? What mode of transport would you choose for a trip to the local shops? The commute to work? A holiday in France? An expedition to Senegal? The appetite for large 4×4 cars is as keen as ever. However, while these cars are sold on the promise of adventure, how often do they…

Out with the old: New road signs warn of elderly pedestrians

As we become older and more frail, the risk to us from road danger increases dramatically. Those aged 65-84 are less likely to be involved in road traffic collisions than children, but when there are, they are three times more likely to be killed. The statistics are startling. 5470 children in 2013 were the victims of road traffic collisions and…