The Brake Blog

News and views from around the road safety world, with contributions from partners, researchers and campaigners as well as Brake staff and volunteers. All views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily represent those of Brake or its employees.
Jul
13

How your use of the roads in an easing lockdown could be putting you at risk

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As the UK lockdown begins to relax, more people are using the roads for reasons including commuting and tourism. This contrasts with a society which, during lockdown, encouraged working from home, required remote socialisation and necessitated only local movement outside of one’s home for many people. Technology has helped many people keep up with the world around them and maintain some sense of productivity in an uncertain period. For some, this will be continued even as lockdown is relaxed – even as movement in vehicles increases.

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Jun
29

Transport revolution: Creating change through combating crises

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Covid-19 hit at a time when we were already facing a triple threat of crises:

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Jun
24

Transitioning to an e-scooter – The legal and environmental problems

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Dr Adam Snow continues his discussion of the challenges that must be overcome if e-scooters are to become more common on our roads.

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Jun
22

Transitioning to an e-scooter – The safety concerns

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In line with Government advice at present to avoid public transport, I’m sure quite a few of us will be thinking about alternative forms of transport as the lockdown starts to ease but social distancing measures continue. Walking and cycling are the preferred alternatives, as they involve so-called “active travel”, a key priority of the government pre- and post-lockdown. New modes of transport, particularly micromobility modes, are also increasing, in particular the use of e-scooters. These powered two-wheelers raise several problems for the current legal regime in England and Wales and have had something of a troubled development as cities and states have struggled to regulate safe use wherever they have been introduced. 

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Jun
08

Time for 20mph

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Since March we have all been experiencing lower volumes of traffic on our roads and apart from some drivers, who have been taking advantage of open roads to speed, this has been very beneficial for walkers, cyclists and communities as a whole.

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