More Cars Are Not The Answer

Cars (small) 90x110.jpg There’s a current proposal for legislation to reduce car speeds to protect the environment and our resources. Environmental impact assessments are also important. Perhaps publicly funded activities should be assessed in terms of their proximity to public transport hubs.
I admit it, I don’t enjoy driving. If the trains behaved themselves, I’d always travel that way (though of course I can’t and don’t). But now I have a rationale for my preference: cars at speed are not only downright dangerous to those immediately around them, but they also cause even more damage to the environment than cars travelling less quickly. Official.
Next to the rail station?
So here’s an idea: why not insist that ALL publicly funded bodies be required to transact their non-local meetings and other business within, say, a kilometer of a major railway station?
And require also that they have to give details of a wide range of public transport routes every time they call people together? (This needn’t be as difficult and costly as it sounds… just post details permanently on the relevant website and refer people to it in their meeting papers, every time – with penalties if the info isn’t up to date.)
Before anyone points it out, I’m perfectly aware that the chances of the first part of my idea happening are approximately nil.
‘Environmental impact’ aware
I can’t see, however, why the second part should not be done. Let’s at least insist that those who convene activities involving public expense of any kind become aware of the damage they may be doing, using that funding, to the environment and resources which we all have to share.

Posted on November 16, 2005, in Politics, Policies And Process, Regeneration, Renewal And Resilience, Sustainability As If People Mattered, The Journal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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