News Archives - Walking

Enforcement of 20mph speed limits ‘statistically insignificant’

20mph zones hold the key to safer streets in urban areas, but the efficacy of these lower speed limits suffers a double whammy of enforcement levels so low they’re statistically insignificant and road design that encourages a flouting of the law. Don’t get us wrong. Here at the ETA, we’re proud to have helped coin the phrase “Twenty’s plenty” and…

Pedlet: A pedal-powered parklet

Parklets are popping up in cities around the country as community groups and local authorities encourage us all to challenge the car’s dominance of public space. 1970s San Francisco was the birthplace of the parklet – a way of reclaiming a single car parking space in favour of public space. The first one-day parklet was created in 2005 when a group…

50 years behind the Netherlands…and counting

On a trip to the Netherlands last week, we didn’t see a single cyclist. Just tens of thousands of people using bicycles to get about. We didn’t see a single item of high visibility clothing and spotted only four riders wearing helmets. Most interesting was the healthy disrespect the Dutch appear to have for their bicycles; left overnight in great…

High-tech zebra crossing

When people have to work in or around a road it’s considered a serious healthy and safety issue involving risk assessments, special equipment and even closure of the carriageway. The rest of us who interact with busy roads have to make do with little more than good luck. With this inequality in mind, a new high-tech upgrade for the traditional…

Mini-Holland schemes boost cycling and walking

A scheme to boost cycling in London has been shown to increase walking as well as the number of cyclists. The so-called Mini-Holland scheme allocated a pot of £100m between three London Boroughs to demonstrate the benefits of proper funding for sustainable transport. Research by Dr Rachel Aldred of Westminster University found that after one year, people living in Waltham Forest, Enfield…