The Circular Economy and Cycling…

Before

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

Something to read: Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality –The BMJ

Scales

Regular readers will already be well aware that cycling and walking are great for your health, but if you want to influence minds, you often need evidence. The BMJ has published a study into active commuting and the impact it has on various causes of death, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Unsurprisingly, it found that … Continue reading Something to read: Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality –The BMJ

Something to read: The Impact of Road Projects in England

It is pretty widely understood, apparently outside political circles, that if you build roads you get more traffic. A report commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England looked into the effects of major road projects and unsurprisingly found that yes, you do indeed get more traffic. CPRE commissioned consultants Transport for Quality of Life Community … Continue reading Something to read: The Impact of Road Projects in England

Something to watch: Week In Week Out – The Invisible Killer on Our Streets

Week in week out

This episode of Week In Week Out delves into air and noise pollution caused by traffic, focussing in on one particular street in Crumlin before taking a wider look at pollution hot-spots in Swansea and around South Wales. Whilst it is heartening to see more attention paid to the effects of air and noise pollution, … Continue reading Something to watch: Week In Week Out – The Invisible Killer on Our Streets

Traffic jams, congestion, cognitive dissonance…

Traffic agency Inrix analysed traffic and congestion in 1,064 cities across 38 countries worldwide, including Cardiff. It worked out that the average cost to Cardiff's drivers of being sat in their own congestion was £939 per year. You can read Cardiff's scorecard here, but it says that 9% of a driver's time is spent in queues, … Continue reading Traffic jams, congestion, cognitive dissonance…

Dementia, pollution and blissful ignorance…

It's not often we get angry, but daily exposure to the "news" is having a detrimental effect on our mental health. The "news" may just be reaching peak idiocy. This week we read reports to suggest that the prevalence of dementia appears to be higher near busy roads. This distressing illness robs people of their … Continue reading Dementia, pollution and blissful ignorance…

New Year’s Resolutions…

Eglwysilan

The start of a new year, following the customary over-indulging on sugar and alcohol during the Christmas break leads many of us to make that well-worn new year’s resolution to ‘get back into shape’. This often means plumping for a gym membership, or the purchase of an exercise bike or treadmill in the hope of … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions…