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The fourth emergency service is…your local bike courier

In a world where Facebook is a major publisher, but doesn’t write a word, and Uber is a huge cab company that doesn’t own a single taxi, it’s no surprise that the latest cycle breakdown provider has no recovery lorries. More unusual is that Kerbi relies on bicycle couriers to carry out its roadside repairs. The Kerbi app allows a stranded cyclist…

Pediscope gives cyclists eyes in the top of their head

The pediscope is handlebar-mounted prism that allows a cyclist to see the road ahead while their head is down. Road bikes can have an extreme riding position that has the rider leaning forward with the neck craning upwards – a discomfort alleviated by lowering the head. This ‘sprint position’ is more aerodynamic, as well as comfortable, but prevents the rider…

Remote control bicycle lights

The Bontrager Transmitr is a wireless system that allows you to control up to seven bicycle lights via a handlebar-mounted remote. The small device displays battery life, controls all lights from one button and allows you to use a pair of rear lights as indicators. Remote control bicycle lights The Transmitr is compatible with the USB-rechargeable Ion 700 lumen headlight and 65…

British drivers: Third from top in European poll

Europeans consider the most responsible drivers to be from Sweden, followed by Germany and Britain. The least responsible drivers are considered to be from Italy, Greece and Poland. A survey carried out for the Foundation for Responsible Driving by IPSOS examined the behaviour of drivers from ten European countries. Some of the results are startling; Nine out of ten Europeans drivers admit…

Babel Bike vs Faraday Porteur electric bike

Both the Faraday Porteur and Sinclair Babel Bike are new electric bicycles born from crowd funding, but each is radically different from the other. The Faraday Porteur is an electric bicycle Inspired by the classic European delivery bikes of the 1940s and 50s updated with state-of-the-art components and construction techniques. The Babel bike is an electric recumbent with roll-cage, which promises to make…

London Undergound secrets revealed: WWII shelter open to public

There will be the rare opportunity to visit a secret part of subterranean London this October when a deep-level WWII bomb shelter opens to the public. The Clapham South shelter is a network of tube tunnels 180 steps below ground and beside the underground station. First opened to the public in July 1944, and one of eight deep level shelters across London, Clapham South has an…

Pedal-powered Bicycle of Death theme park

Patrons of a restaurant in Italy called Ai Pioppi can forgo antipasto in favour of free entry to a giant, human-powered, theme park built by the owner. Rides include the Bicycle of Death. The incredible rides include a pedal-powered roller coaster and the Bicycle of Death, a safer – if more exhausting take on the Wall of Death carnival attraction. Pedal-powered…

‘Fresh air square parklets’ to replace car parking spaces

Tiny patches of green space called ‘parklets’ that allow people can sit surrounded by plants in a refuge form traffic are to replace car parking spaces. A ‘Fresh Air Square’ is a portable, micro-park or ‘parklet’ that reclaims car parking spaces for a period of one week to a year to improve the local environment and raise awareness about air…

Festival must-have: The insulated tent

With the music festival season on the near horizon, camping enthusiast Derek O’Sullivan has developed what promises to be the world’s first correctly insulated tent. Little beats sleeping under canvas, but conventional tents have a few drawbacks. Once the air temperature drops, tents cool very quickly inside and, conversely, in direct sunlight they can become like saunas. On a crowded campsite, the…

Self-driving mobility scooter

With almost a quarter of the Japanese population over 65, engineers at Hitachi have focussed on the needs of the elderly by developing an autonomous mobility scooter that drives itself. The Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System (ROBITS) operates on pavements, just like a conventional mobility scooter, but uses a range of sensors and a GPS guidance system to avoid obstructions as…