Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Are you still in danger? – make yourself safe!
When toppled from your bicycle, your first priority is to avert further danger to yourself. If unable to move out of harm’s way, then shout, wave or whistle to attract assistance.
In an emergency, always telephone 999 for an ambulance if you need them; this call will be logged and can be very useful evidence subsequently. [Note too the European-wide, and increasingly international standard emergency number 112, which can be placed on your mobile contacts list]. If you are injured but don’t need an ambulance, you can call 111 and they will give you advice and direct you to call 999 if necessary. For less serious injuries, seek assistance from A&E or your GP.
1 day ago Matthew Pencharz
Electric cars alone will not make cities healthy and sustainable, say Imperial academics, who have called for a radical new systems of urban mobility.
1 hour ago
BBC News, East Midlands
An army veteran is planning to cycle more than 300 miles (483km) on a penny farthing to raise money for charity.
Dean Williams, from Hinckley, Leicestershire, is doing the double coast-to-coast ride along the border of England and Scotland in June.
Mr Williams was due to ride the bicycle in the 350-mile (563km) Battlefield Bike Ride in France and Belgium but it was postponed due to coronavirus.
He said the unusual bike is “very comfortable” to ride.
Levels of nitrogen dioxide, mostly from diesel vehicles, remain illegally high in 75% of urban areas
The UK has “systematically and persistently” broken legal limits on toxic air pollution for a decade, the court of justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled.
Levels of nitrogen dioxide, mostly from diesel vehicles, remain illegally high in 75% of urban areas and on Thursday the court said the UK had failed to tackle the problem in the shortest possible time, as required by law.
The case began before the UK left the EU and the legal limits remain in UK law. The UK could face financial penalties if it still fails to take action to comply. The court also ordered the UK to pay the legal costs incurred by the European commission. UK ministers had already been defeated three times in British courts by environmental lawyers ClientEarth.
An independent survey of 1,000 residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC), carried out for Transport for London (TfL) shows the majority support reinstating the Kensington High Street cycle tracks, undermining a key reason given by the council for removing them (before they’d even been fully installed).
excerptstart A new study of the rollout of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) by boroughs during 2020 under the Mayor’s “Streetspace” plans, has shown that these schemes delivered positive, socially just outcomes across London. The study was by renowned transport academic Professor Rachel Aldred of University of Westminster’s Active Travel Academy, and colleagues.The study looked at over 70 new LTN schemes successfully… [Read More]
From 1 March all heavy lorries operating in London will have to meet a one star Direct Vision Standard (1* DVS). This is a world’s first – that lorries will be only permitted into a city when they either have better direct vision from the lorry drivers’ seat to the road and pavement around them, or have good mitigation systems to back up their vision. And it’s thanks directly to LCC and your campaigning we’ve won this action from the Mayor.
All lorries entering London from 1 March will need to avoid having the most dangerous blindspots and restricted vision, or show evidence of specified “safe system” mitigating measures including video camera and audio alert warning systems. Because of Covid, operators who have ordered new safety equipment and applied for DVS permits will be allowed 90 days grace after 1 March to install it.