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Your sedentary office job is killing you (unless you cycle there)

Office workers who sit at a desk for eight hours need to take one hour’s physical activity a day to offset an increased risk of death, according to research by Cambridge University and published in The Lancet. The research found the risk of dying was 9.9 per cent for those who sat for eight or more hours a day compared…

Piaggio Gita: Self-propelled shopping trolley to encourage walking

Electric cars, bicycles, scooters and skateboards may offer a quieter and cleaner alternative to the internal combustion engine, but does battery technology threaten to make us even lazier than we are already? Gita means ‘short trip’ in Italian and the name Piaggio has given to its latest project; a smart, self-propelled shopping trolley. The Gita is an electric cargo vehicle designed to…

Pedestrians fight back – 5-metre tall robotic Prosthesis walking machine

As cars become progressively faster and larger, help for pedestrians might be at hand in the form of Prosthesis – a 5-metre tall, battery-powered walking machine from Canada. A team of engineers in Vancouver is building Prosthesis, a gargantuan human-controlled robot designed to walk and run. As car drivers are now surrounded by air bags, crumple zones and computer aids,…

Power to the pedestrian – walking bridges around the world

Looking like a tendril from the stunning Beijing Olympics bird’s nest stadium, the soon-to-be-built Changsha Meixi lake crossing is another example of the cutting-edge architecture being employed around the world to build landmark pedestrian bridges – a celebration of walking that is always to be encouraged. The architectural practice, NEXT architects have designed the 24 metre-tall and 150 metre-long bridge to offer…