Dockless bike-share hits the UK

ObikeChina’s “Rainbow wars” are coming to the UK, as rival bike share firms set up – Ofo in Cambridge, Mobike in Manchester, and this week Singapore’s Obike arrived in London. Pay attention, because if China is anything to go by, this is going to be big.

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Why driverless cars need road tolls

Credit Flickr Smoothgroover22Self-driving cars are coming, and a very good thing too – trying to steer them ourselves has killed tens of millions. But what unintended consequences might they have? It’s rash to predict, but how about: new jaywalking laws, the end of parking meters, and a desperate need for congestion charging.

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Volkswagen: the human cost

Emissions standards are designed to save lives. When the world’s largest car maker cheats those standards, people are likely to have died as a result. Why then, does the media choose to cover this as mainly as a “consumer rights” issue, rather than a public health one?

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London Reborn

Operation_Pied_PiperOn January 6th 2015, or thereabouts, London hits an extraordinary milestone – the population finally catches up with its 1939 peak population – from now on it will be an all-time high. Has any other city in history bounced back from losing two and a quarter million people?

Seventy five years on: same population, but an utterly different city. Here I take a look at how things have changed.

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Is London too small?

London's dormitory belt

Is it time to redraw the map of London to reflect the reality of its huge economic pull on the wider south-east? New data released last week shows what an even “greater” London might look like.

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HS2 and Europe’s Largest Industrial Estate

HS2As the UK’s second High Speed line gets the Government’s go-ahead, opposition from rural constituencies has been much discussed. But could the biggest transformation actually be in Europe’s largest urban industrial estate?

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Bus, stop!

The most gas-guzzling form of transport isn’t a 4×4, it’s an eight-litre public bus, driving around almost empty, burning it’s way through diesel and subsidies. But a surprising technological solution could change that, and even mean the end of buses as we know them.

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