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Posted on: August 28, 2015 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Back to school

Back to school next week and the joys of the school run. Getting kids to school can be hard work at the best of times. We’re fortunate enough to live close to our school but often children and young adults with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) have to travel …

Posted on: June 5, 2014 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Unlicensed taxis are only the start

Barcelona is currently ground zero for a row about Uber. It’s fascinating to watch the disruptive influence of these companies (let’s not forget that Uber is owned by Google who, as kingpins of the internet, know a thing or two about disruption). But greater disruption than unlicensed taxis are on the horizon. …

Posted on: February 7, 2013 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Revolution?

Last year, The Economist ran a feature on how our relationship with cars has shifted, particularly since the arrival of smartphones. Last month, Christian Wolmar, premier transport journalist, said on his blog, “I suspect there is a revolution coming in transport just as disruptive as the internet has been to everything from newspaper …

Posted on: December 19, 2012 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Test-run three: to Cabot Park, Avonmouth

If you think about it, Avonmouth should be bustling. It is one of the UK’s major ports for chilled foods. There are also large chemical manufacturing plants and distribution centres for major retail operations. It has good motorway and rail links. In 2010, there were 14 200 people employed in …

Posted on: December 12, 2012 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Test-run two: Yate to Southmead Hospital

The 22nd November was a rainy day. Swathes of Britain had been flooded and, although Bristol wasn’t as badly affected as other areas, many of the country roads that commuters often use as alternative routes into and out of Bristol were out of action. This made traffic in and around …

Posted on: November 21, 2012 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Test-run One – Bradley Stoke to Filton

After months theorising about passengers and designing a system that we hope they will like and want to use, finally putting buxis on the road for the first time was a major step. When you’re trying something new, you expect it to be a ‘learning process’ (read, you expect to make …

Posted on: November 8, 2012 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

We ran a test-run!

Wow! On Thursday 1st November, two buxis made six journeys between Bradley Stoke and major employers in Filton, including Airbus and NHSBT. This day felt like a major milestone after months of work and, I won’t lie, we were nervous. But, we’d prepared thoroughly and it went well. Julia and …

Posted on: October 1, 2012 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

A new dawn

There’s article in last week’s Economist titled ‘Seeing the back of the car’. It seems that car use has had its heyday and in the developed world, we’re driving less. Academics are beginning to talk about ‘peak car’, the notion that car ownership and vehicle-kilometres driven have plateaued or are …

Posted on: September 5, 2012 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

We won!

Yesterday, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership announced us as winners of the Low Carbon Mobility Challenge. And we’re mighty proud! This competition is run to identify and promote low carbon innovations with the potential to cut carbon emissions and other environmental impacts arising from transport in cities. “The [winning] ideas challenge …

Posted on: June 20, 2012 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

The true cost of driving to work

It’s no secret that government policy has for years supported a car economy and that driving has been relatively cheap. But as our road network struggles to cope with the volume of traffic and petrol prices rise so does the financial cost of commuting by car. The AA estimates the …