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Glamping in yurts, treehouses and classic caravans

Holidaying in Europe is less financially and environmentally costly than a long-haul holiday. Discovering the pleasures of local produce, simple regional cuisine and a slower pace of life is also an excuse to stay in an increasing range of alternative overnight stops – from converted lorries to tree houses. Sawday’s is a family-run travel business that specilases in environmentally-freindly holidays. It’s…

Land Rover develops ‘invisible’ car bonnet

A new gizmo developed by Land Rover that allows drivers of its vehicles’ to see through the bonnet to the ground directly beneath and in front of the bumper could help make roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Breakdown Recovery from less than £30 Get your quote Your car’s in safe hands: 5,000+ qualified mechanics nationwide on call 24/7, 365…

Hiplok: stylish and stress-free cycle locks

Hiplok is the creation of two British industrial designers and keen cyclists frustrated at having to carry their bike locks in a cumbersome bag or unsightly frame-mounted bracket. John Abrahams and Ben Smith took inspiration from bicycle couriers, who have long worn chains and cable locks around their waists or slung across their shoulders. The result of their research and…

Brainy Bike Lights

A new bicycle light claims to uses the way the brain reacts to instantly recognisable symbols to help make urban cycling safer. The Brainy Bike Light uses an illuminated bike symbol as the front and rear bike lights. The design was developed with the help of a specialist in behavioural economics. Professor Charles Spence at the University of Oxford says of…

Police and cycle insurance companies slow to back stolen bicycle register

Check That Bike! is a recently launched online database allows cyclists to check the provenance of any bike they are looking to buy second hand, but despite over one in ten searches of the website returning a bicycle suspected as stolen, police forces and cycle insurance companies appear reluctant to contribute their data to the scheme. The ETA is the only cycle…

London buses adopt Formula 1 technology

If you feel thrown around during your next bus ride, don’t be too quick to blame an over exuberant driver – the forces exerted by a 15-ton bus constantly stopping and starting in traffic is very similar to those experienced by a Formula 1 car and engineers are taking advantage of this fact to pioneer fuel-saving technology. Williams Hybrid Power, which is part…

Putting the skin back into cycling skinsuits

If you baulk at the idea of sporting a conventional Lycra skinsuit while cycling, you’re unlikely to be in the market for a design that is even more revealing, but it may be that these new swimwear-themed versions will keep you safer on the road. Cycle Insurance from 40p per week Get your quote Your bike’s in safe hands: Cover for theft, damage,…

Hövding cyclist airbag demonstration on film

Everything about the Hövding airbag for cyclists is extraordinary: It cost £10m to develop; its sensors record the wearer’s movements 200 times a second and, with a price tag of £260, it costs more than many bicycles. Cycle Insurance from 40p per week Get your quote Your bike’s in safe hands: Cover for theft, damage, new-for-old replacement, £1m liability, Europe…

ETA celebrate cycling culture at Spin LDN

Slowly but surely, cycling is growing in the British consciousness as something desirable, fashionable and approachable – a fact reflected by the welcome return of a festival of cycling culture in the capital next weekend. In the heart of London’s buzzing east end, Spin LDN (March 28th-30th) is the festival that shows that cycling is not solely for the middle-aged…

Volvo car can tell if you look tired

Next time you check your hair or make up in your car’s vanity mirror, it might talk back; Volvo, the pioneer of the three-point seat belt, has developed a car that reacts when a driver looks tired or inattentive behind the wheel. Breakdown Recovery from less than £30 Get your quote Your car’s in safe hands: 5,000+ qualified mechanics nationwide on call…