Monthly Archives: April 2011

Information overload

Try reading this as you drive past: And our taxes pay for this grotesque farrago.

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I hate lights too, but …

… is this going a bit far?

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Running scandal

4,267 = the annual number of deaths attributable to air pollution in London alone (from the GLA’s own impact study). A major source of air pollution, of course, is traffic congestion. And a major cause of congestion is traffic lights. … Continue reading

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Parking pain

The Pataky blog post reminded me of a remark by Franka (Bourne Identity) Potente: “Working in London is such a pain, because of the parking. Paris is so much better!” Full Metro interview here.

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Free and easy

In a Metro 60-second interview, Elsa Pataky says: “In Spain, people enjoy every moment of life. We have lunches that go on for hours, whereas in LA you feel everyone is in a rush. When friends sit down for dinner in … Continue reading

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Sheep in the city

Traffic controls are removing the ability of drivers and pedestrians to think for themselves. A new generation of robotic, lobotomised road-users is increasingly incapable of acting according to context, relying instead on traffic controls to guide their behaviour. The new … Continue reading

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Cyclists and cabbies

Green would-be Mayor, Jenny Jones, complains about taxi-drivers yelling abuse and cutting her up when she’s cycling. I always find cabbies on the ball and courteous. Of course I don’t get under their feet at junctions; I go on opportunity, … Continue reading

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Traffic control = child abuse

By telling children to beware motorists when it should be the other way round, and by forcing toddlers to learn age-inappropriate road-safety drill, the traffic control system amounts to institutionalised child abuse.

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Control or trust?

Supporters of speed cameras wonder why drivers can’t just observe the rules. We don’t object to just regulation, but as long as traffic policy is based on the unjust system of priority, it must be challenged. Commenting on electoral reform, … Continue reading

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Red light Ken

Ken Livingstone says (ES, 7.4.11), “We now know that at least 4,000 people die prematurely every year because of poor air quality.” Bizarre that it has taken him so long to wise up to this well-known fact. Under his watch … Continue reading

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