Privately owned EVs are not the solution in many cases

I posted this last January and so far our economic model of unsustainable consumption on a planet of finite resources is just to replace privately owned fossil fuel powered vehicles with battery powered ones. This is clearly unsustainable.

22nd January 2021

Because of our human centric thinking, of which I am guilty as much as anybody else, switching from a fossil fuel powered car to an EV is not the solution. Private car ownership does not scale up to 7.8 billion people. Ask yourself where the resources come and not whether you find the price too high in terms of money, https://uk.news.yahoo.com/four-five-drivers-electric-cars-000100229.html. If you had to live with the mining and extraction and production on your doorstep you would think twice about it. So as part of our future sustainability where much of humanity will need to live in the 15 minute city concept we will all have to share our transport.

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Parklet

I hope this parklet still exists as London hasn’t exactly moved forward in the last 12 months of reducing unnecessary private car journeys or spaces to park them in.

December 2020

Our town and city streets have been taken over by a growing number of ever larger, ever faster and ever more polluting vehicles that sit for the majority of the 24 hour period rotting away in the sun, rain, wind and snow. An incredible waste of global resources and land use in our dense towns and cities that cry out for more public space. Cities such as Paris under the mayoral leadership of Anne Hidalgo are changing the city into a place for people rather than cars with the plan for the fifteen minute city. Everything you need will be within 15 minutes walking or cycling. It’s not an easy thing to change and many car owners and businesses object. Being a recovering petrolhead I can see their point but our towns and cities need to be a place for all people of all ages and abilities. In London we are way behind Paris and other European cities but some schemes are being trialed like this one. A great place to stop and chat with your neighbours and friends. We all have neighbours but do we actually know any of them? Maybe we are about to find out.

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Time for many to ditch the privately owned car

A post I wrote about ditch the private car in the centres of our towns and cities at the very least. Paris is forging ahead with plans for the 15 minute city under the direction of Anne Hidalgo and Carlos Moreno.

May 2020

Over the last few decades our town and city centres, depending on where you live in the world have been overrun by larger, heavier and faster cars and usually very unsuited for where they are being driven. The cities have been taken over by those healthy enough and old enough to drive and not too old not to be able to drive. This has been to the detriment of everyone else in terms of their health and their safety. Take for example the British mini that rolled around London streets in the 60s, 70s and 80s and compare it to the rather larger vehicle that bears the name today. Going back the SUVs and blingmobiles of those trying to show how important they are just didn’t exist or if they did in far fewer numbers. Thankfully some forward cities are making plans to make them liveable spaces for everyone again where they become green, clean and safe for old and young, pedestrians, cyclists and all forms of public transport users. Barcelona is one such city and it is building what are called Superblocks where it joins several blocks together and only essential vehicles can enter at slow speeds Superblocks plan. In this scenario private cars still exist and are parked underground whereas for a sustainable future they will need to be replaced by shareable vehicles such as the Twizzy for short town and city journeys if not using the other forms of public transport.

 

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Peugeot boot and lock, Santa Clara, Cuba

I’m assuming that this Peugeot came from Argentina. The Yale lock being used for the boot is quite novel. A Peugeot getting on in years. 14th March 2013.

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Old blue Peugeot, road sweeper and barrow, Santa Clara, Cuba

A road sweeper with his barrow looking at a blue Peugeot getting on in years. 14th March 2013.

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Old blue Peugeot, Santa Clara, Cuba

A blue Peugeot getting on in years. 14th March 2013.

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Old car restored and modified, Santa Clara, Cuba

It seems to have had quite a bit of work carried out with some later parts fitted. 14th March 2013.

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A UK badge, Hotel Hanabanilla, Cuba

I don’t think that this car was a UK car and the badge was a different version of the usual UK flag. 12th March 2013.

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Older cars, Hotel Hanabanilla, Cuba

Two ages of cars both older than most you would see on the road in other countries apart from as restored classics. Interesting the UK flag as I don’t think this is a British car. 12th March 2013.

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Traffic, car culture is everywhere, Paraguay

Our system of economic growth and the way we live, work, travel and consume is destroying the habitability of the planet. We need to change and change very quickly.

I took this photo through the coach window which had a film on it of some kind. The bus was taking us to Asuncion. We had just met up with some Paraguayan friends in Foz do Iguazu for a couple of days. 26th November 2009.

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