What to do with a much-loved - but worn out - bikeGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
When a bike's lasted you 18 years and thousands of miles you can't just throw it on a skip. Any better ideas? I try not to be sentimental about possessions. It would be tough to lose certain photographs, or one or two items tied particularly closely with certain people or times in my life, but I never really get too misty-eyed about most things. There's one big exception - bicycles. I'm not alone in this.
How to catch a bike thiefGuardian Unlimited | 06 Apr 2011
A reformed bike thief tells how to stop your cycle from being stolenAccording to Immobilise, the police-backed property register, a bicycle is stolen every minute in the UK and less than 5% are ever recovered. The sad truth is that you can use a couple of chunky locks and leave your bike in busy,...
Do cyclists pose a threat to people with disabilities?Guardian Unlimited | 05 Apr 2011
A Surrey town has banned cycling in the pedestrianised centre after lobbying from groups representing people with disabilities. Cycling England has come to an end and the backpedalling on some of its successful schemes has already started. Woking, a commuter town in Surrey, last week decided to ban cycling in the centre of town for much of the day. Until now Woking has done a good job as a cycling town.
All road users must be held accountableGuardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
We must bring equal protection and the potential for equal punishment to everyone on the road. Last week I presented a 10 minute rule bill in the House of Commons called "dangerous and reckless cycling (offences)". In 2007, Rhiannon Bennett was walking with friends on a pavement when a cyclist approached at speed yelling, "Move, because I'm not stopping." He hit Rhiannon who fell and smashed her head on the kerb. She was taken to hospital but died six days later.
Longer lorries in UK will increase road deathsGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Cyclist groups condemn plans to allow the length of articulated lorries to increase by 2.05m. Road safety groups are warning that government plans to allow longer lorries in the UK will increase the number of fatal road accidents. In a statement to parliament on Wednesday, the roads minister, Mike...
Transport to remain big polluter under new EU planYahoo! News | 28 Mar 2011
Europe's transport chief called for a shift away from fossil fuels on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions and protect the economy from oil price spikes but critics said his strategy lacked meaningful action.
What will Cycling England's successors do?Guardian Unlimited | 28 Mar 2011
Critics already fear its successor will be unable to achieve the shift needed toward sustainable transport because it is crippled by the "localisation agenda". The Department for Transport will bring key functions of Cycling England in-house. It says the work can be done better within the...
Letters: Standard batteries key to electric carsGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
Many of us would welcome electric cars which closely match the practicality of those propelled by petrol engines (A new Leaf, 26 March). But the greatest impediment is the lack of international standards on the battery system. The limited milage currently available, coupled with the lengthy...
Nissan Leaf charges into UK showroomsGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Their sometimes clunky designs, short range between recharges and super-car price tags have put many drivers off buying an electric car. But that could soon change with the launch of the UK's first mass-produced electric vehicle. The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric family car with the performance of a...
Cycling groups' petition against helmet lawGuardian Unlimited | 14 Mar 2011
Campaigners say the law would deter cyclists which would affect public health, the environment and traffic levels. A petition has been launched in a bid to thwart new laws which would make wearing a cycle helmet mandatory in Northern Ireland. The cyclists (protective headgear) bill was approved by the Northern Ireland assembly in January, albeit it by a narrow margin, and will now go before the Environment Committee.
Greenpeace attacks government's plan to cut carbon emissionsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Mar 2011
Lack of electric car and speed limit proposals in Carbon Plan suggest 'entrenched opposition' from transport officials. Greenpeace has strongly criticised a new government plan to cut carbon emissions, arguing that it neglects the field of green transport. Chris Huhne, the energy and climate...
Government's air travel tax pledge in doubtGuardian Unlimited | 10 Mar 2011
Sources admit 'questions marks' over key manifesto pledge, which flouts European Union laws. The government is preparing to reverse a key coalition pledge to bring in an environmental tax on air travel after finding that European Union laws would prevent it. Last year's coalition manifesto contained a pledge to reform air passenger duty (APD), a tax imposed on all passengers on planes leaving the UK except those who are on transfer, to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
UK must follow Spain with lower speed limitsGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2011
Reducing the limit by 10mph would be a small inconvenience with great rewards, both economically and environmentally. Should we reduce the speed limit to cut oil consumption? Should we impose new taxes on the banks? Should we stop hawking weapons in the Middle East? The answer in all these cases is obvious, but none of these reforms will happen until we've become brave enough to tackle vested interests.
High speed rail could be so much betterGuardian Unlimited | 04 Mar 2011
The HS2 rail project is expensive, environmentally damaging, and badly thought through. The government has finally launched its long awaited consultation on the high speed rail link between London and Birmingham known as HS2. This is a brand new railway line that is designed to run at 250mph and the proposal has already caused consternation in the shires through which it would run on its first leg - from Euston to Birmingham.
High-speed rail and the environment: 'the north has protesting voices, too'Guardian Unlimited | 28 Feb 2011
HS2's second phase threatens Cannock Chase AONB and narrow green belt between Nottingham and Derby. The blunt arrows of the HS2's northern sections to Leeds and Manchester sound relatively uncontroversial at first hearing, but waymarks such as Barnsley, Stoke and Nottingham are surrounded by...
Battle in Tory heartlands over £30bn north-south rail link enters new phaseGuardian Unlimited | 27 Feb 2011
Transport secretary Philip Hammond launches consultation citing poll showing public support for network. A battle between the government and voters in the Tory heartlands over a £30bn north-south rail link enters a new phase as transport secretary Philip Hammond launches a consultation on the 250mph route. Hammond will cite a poll showing five times as many people support the High Speed Two network as oppose it.
Council plans to remove cycle highwayGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Brighton and Hove city council appears determined to abolish its cycle highway despite the fact that demolition will cost £1.1m. Mary Mears, council leader, said the decision to remove the cycle lane which connects South Downs national park with Hove's seafront was a response to "concerns" from residents and users. She said: "We remain committed to the safety of the cycling fraternity. Unlike some other cycle lanes in the city, the Grand Avenue/Drive scheme is not well used or appreciated.
Air pollution worse than cocaine for triggering heart attacks, says studyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Research into 'final straw' risk factors says traffic fumes greater population-wide threat than drug because of numbers exposed. Air pollution is a bigger trigger of heart attacks in the population than physical exertion, alcohol and taking cocaine, a study has shown. On an individual basis, cocaine raises the risk of a heart attack 23 times, says a study published in the Lancet.