This morning’s Radio 4 news was full of Brexit, this week’s Grenfell disaster inquiry, and snow.
The single statement that most resonated with me afterwards was “most of the rush-hour traffic has disappeared because of school shut-downs”.
Imagine a world, or just a little country, where it would be universally seen as TRULY WEIRD if a schoolchild was driven to school, and the school they went to was the nearest one to their home, regardless of OFTED reports.
True, segregated cycle-paths meandered from all points outward toward schools, colleges, high streets – as intra-town traffic filed gently past, at 20mph, on the narrowed streets.
Just a thought (air quality/pollution) – as all supermarket home
delivery vehicles run quite light distances, and never far from base before returning – why are not every single one of them electric?
George Monbiot penned a beautifully researched piece << here >> about this.
And further – now the supermarkets have got back into the high street (Tesco express, Sainsburys local etc) we are seeing enormous trucks arrive to re-stock them – how is this progress? Surely out-of-town distribution points should be where the big trucks go no further, then much smaller electric trucks complete the job?
I mean, are we serious about this or not?
You could go further – Taxis, in other words – those that merely
poodle around town all day – electric – why not?
I guess the time will come, no doubt the death rate isn’t high enough yet.