30. June 2015 · 1 comment · Categories: news · Tags: , ,

Exciting news for Britain is the prospect of some faster trains. The Hitachi made trains will go faster and use both Diesel and Electricity. The 125s have been around for as long as I care to remember so these shiny new trains will be a welcome site. Of course the problem the UK has is old lines which means many of the faster new trains can’t run as fast as they are designed to.

BBC News – What are the UK’s new trains like?

Hitachi Class 800

Hitachi Class 800

 

So we are finally leaping into the future with Google’s automatic driver-less car. I’ve blogged about the potentialĀ of driver-less vehicles before, but this one is different. It has no steering wheel or pedals and more sensors. Imagine a day with no more news stories about fatal car crashes, never being annoyed at poor drivers, getting on with your life while commuting & having your car come and pick you up from the pub. The future is here!!

http://tiny.cc/mv9kgx

Here’s an interesting idea: roads powered by solar panels. Collecting the energy of the sun, they can use heat to de-ice when they get snow or ice one & with LED lights they can signal to road users of dangers ahead. Genius.

More info including a video here:

http://tiny.cc/278kgx

I saw this brilliant idea by Sir Norman Foster recently, a man who knows a thing or two about architecture.
The idea is simply to use the space in the city vertically by putting cycle lanes above existing railway lines. With the recent spate of cyclists being killed on London’s overcrowded roads, this to me is the way forward. When I was growing up, this is how cities of the future looked like!

Sir Norman Foster Sky Cycle proposal

Proposed SkyCycle lanes

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Well I never knew two way cycle lanes existing in the UK until now. This article on The new Royal College Street cycle tracks describes the route in Camden Town, London and a bit of the history behind it.

Personally I think it is necessary to separate cars and bikes completely as in this example from Barcelona:

Dual cycle lane in Barcelona

I think it is true to say that cyclists don’t like cars in the way and car drivers certainly don’t like cyclist cutting in front of them all the time, so come on councils, the future is dedicated cycle lanes!

Montague folding bike

Montague folding bike

I saw this cool bike on The Gadget Show a couple of years ago and was impressed. It looks and feels like a normal bike but folds down to a compact 35″ x 12″ x 28″. This means you can easily fit it into a car boot or on a train. Although I have a bike rack, I like the idea of this as it is quick and practical and doesn’t compromise on your choice of bike if you like something big with a 700c wheel. They even do mountain bikes.

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