Something to read: The social ideology of the motorcar – Uneven Earth

The folks at Uneven Earth tracked down and re-published this essay from 1973 by André Gorz, a philosopher and journalist. It's as relevant today as it was back then. People rushed to buy cars until, as the working class began to buy them as well, defrauded motorists realized they had been had. They had been … Continue reading Something to read: The social ideology of the motorcar – Uneven Earth

Something to read: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change – The New York Times

Whilst not strictly about cycling, as users of sustainable transport we have a role to play in making our world a better place. This rather fascinating piece in the New York Times is required reading. Grab a coffee, perhaps utilise your browser's reader feature (because the white text on black is tough on the eyes) … Continue reading Something to read: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change – The New York Times

Cardiff’s Transport and Clean Air Green Paper

The council has just published its transport and clean air green paper and is seeking comments from all of us on some of the ideas it is putting forward. A far cry from the frankly dismal Economic green paper we've already talked about, this document has some genuinely interesting ideas for how we can change … Continue reading Cardiff’s Transport and Clean Air Green Paper

Spending wisely – season tickets or bicycles?

The new year started out the way it so often does these days, with news that public transport costs are rising once again. This January ticket prices increased by 3.6% --roughly 1% above inflation. These days even a short commute on the train across Cardiff is going to take a considerable bite out of your … Continue reading Spending wisely – season tickets or bicycles?

The Circular Economy and Cycling…

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The bike may be one of the greenest, most efficient forms of transport out there but creating one from scratch still requires a considerable amount of energy. However, unlike a car a good bike may have decades of life ahead of it, only needing a periodic change of a few wearable items that are inexpensive … Continue reading The Circular Economy and Cycling…

Cars are not the answer, electric or otherwise…

Whilst it is taking a frustrating amount of time, increasingly people are starting to realise that perhaps the motoring generation may have been a mistake. We have entered an era of desperate measures, with those who wish for things to carry on the way they are looking at ever more implausible options to justify their … Continue reading Cars are not the answer, electric or otherwise…

Bicycles as Mobility Aids

Barrage

Is there anyone out there who could, with hand on heart, say that they can run or walk further than they could cycle? We would suspect that the number of people who would say yes to that are small and are either being economical with the truth or just being difficult. A human with a … Continue reading Bicycles as Mobility Aids

The Local Economy and the Free Parking Myth

Merlins at Ystradgynlais

It’s no secret that our local villages and our town centres are struggling. The way we buy things has changed for a number of reasons and the smaller shops within our communities are paying the price. However, there are some who believe that the cost of car parking is the reason people are shopping elsewhere, … Continue reading The Local Economy and the Free Parking Myth