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Brexit and the environment

The EU has not escaped criticism on its environmental policies, but as in so many other areas of its remit, the net results were a significant benefit. Thirty years ago Britain had the highest sulphur dioxide emissions in the EU as well as shocking water pollution around our coastline – we were considered the dirty man of Europe. So while land subsidies…

Musical roads to soothe traffic calming

Motorists could be soothed by roads that play a tune when passed over by vehicles driving within the speed limit. A road leading to Mount Fuji has been fitted with rumble strips that play a tune when driven over. The strips are paced at intervals that play a song called “Miagete goran yoru no hoshi wo” by Kyu Sakamoto. The suburu highway…

Does travel insurance cover Airbnb?

From its humble beginnings in a San Francisco loft, online property rental platform Airbnb now offers its 60 million users the chance to ‘live’ – even if only for a night – in over 57,000 cities throughout the world. With more and more people booking through Airbnb, and the ever-present importance of having adequate travel insurance in place, it helps…

Blubel: Satnav for cyclists

Blubel is a new handlebar-mounted satnav for cyclists that navigates your every turn and learns from you and the cycling community to find the safest routes. Cyclists have not developed a reliance on satnavs. Maybe we’re creatures of habit who usually stick to the same local routes. Maybe it’s because getting lost by bicycle is rarely the stress it is…

Hidden GPS tracker for bicycles

Sherlock is a hidden GPS tracker for bicycles that allows you to locate your bike at any time. Tipping the scales at 50 grams, Sherlock is small enough to be installed easily and securely within the handlebars of your bicycle. Hidden behind plain handlebar plugs, the tracker is invisible to the thief who doesn’t know what he’s looking for. The device matches itself…