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Camelbak – stay hydrated this summer

Whatever the weather, it pays to stay hydrated. Whether you’re running, cycling or out for a long walk, this Camelbak 1.5 litre hydration pack features a narrow profile that shouldn’t restrict your range of movement. The Camelbak has some neat touches including a zipped pocket, bungee overflow and a loop to clip a light. Win a Camelbak If you’d like…

Bored at your road crossing? Play pelican pong

Have you ever become frustrated by the time it takes for the lights to change at a pelican crossing? It’s an irritation that inspired the idea of upgrading the pelican crossing request button screen so as to make it possible to play Pong with a fellow pedestrian waiting opposite on the other side of the road. For the analogue among…

Acting locally to change globally

Grass-root organisations can be a powerful instrument of change. A bottom-up approach allows small groups of like-minded people to define their own goals and how to achieve them. For example, the fact that the climate emergency is not being prioritised by governments can feel overwhelming – unless we take matters into our own hands. Woking Environment Action is voluntary group…

Critical mass reboot for a new generation

Riding a bike in amongst a group of cyclists so large that it dominates the road space around you is an experience you never forget – it’s a phenomena known as critical mass and it’s been used as a form of protest against car-centric town planning for over half a century. The 1992 documentary about bike culture, Return of the…

Use less car: Try a pedal-powered bug

Eric Schmidt runs a car like millions of his fellow Californians, but his 1971 VW beetle is cleaner than most because he himself is the engine. No fossil fuel, no electricity, just human power. The pedal-powered bug weighs about 360 kg empty so, as you can imagine, it moves slowly. But that’s not the point. On his website, Schmidt writes:…