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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…

Our favourite bicycle lights up for grabs

With little over a week before the clocks go back, it’s time to check your lights are up to the job ahead. The advent of LED technology has  revolutionised cycle lighting. Cheap, robust and bright, the lights are being used in ever-more creative ways. LEDs can now be found incorporated into gloves, jackets and now embedded into bicycle wheel rims.…

The three-storey micro house that sits on a car parking space

Despite what you might hear from motorists, parking charges and residents’ permits rarely, if ever, reflect the real estate value of the land or road space occupied by the car. And yet it’s an issue that drivers feel extremely strongly about. Earlier this year we built a fake skip in which to store bicycles, but so angry were some drivers…

New tech targets dooring

Award winning comprehensive Breakdown Cover from just £39 Our policy covers cars, vans and motorcycles. Get your quote Car passengers are being promised a new gizmo that promises to reduce the risk of them ‘dooring’ a passing cyclist. Doors opened into the road by drivers and passengers who have failed to look behind them have potentially fatal consequences for cyclists,…

Bag yourself a bicycle whistle

The Bookman bicycle whistle might be based on nineteenth century technology, but its benefits for urban cyclists are current. Established in Birmingham in 1870, Acme Whistles has teamed up with Swedish bicycle accessory supremo, Bookman, to create a new design of whistle for today’s rider. According to Bookman’s Johan Lidehall: “Most of our customers probably wouldn’t like the look of a big…