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Traffic lights still “working”

One of the photographs in Sophie Raworth’s illustrated narrative about a deserted London  shows traffic lights still operating. An opportunity to switch off the lights and save power is being squandered. Of course no heads will roll for this abundant … Continue reading

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The overreaching state

A new threat issued from Health Minister, Matthew Hancock, today. The government will introduce stronger measures, e.g. banning exercise outside the home, if “people” continue to flout edicts by foregathering (as distinct from twogathering?). There are parallels with traffic control … Continue reading

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Air quality post-Corona

The lockdown means less traffic and less polluted air. But 45,000 sets of traffic lights still operate, producing 57,000 tons of CO2 every year, just from the electricity that powers them. Rarely reported is that lights produce congestion by blocking … Continue reading

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The unbearable crassness of agreeing

In his report from Antarctica on Radio 4’s From our Own Correspondent, Justin Rowlatt shed tears at the collapsing ice-sheet. Yet still he found a reason to hope. He concluded that humanity’s defining characteristic is not belligerence but cooperation. Precisely. … Continue reading

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Corona bullet points

We’re safer in our cars than on public transport – another reason for scrapping HS2 and using the money to transform our road infrastructure along the lines advocated here. Corona also shows, as if we didn’t already know, that a … Continue reading

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Simple messages

Sadiq Khan thinks 20mph will banish accidents and serious injuries on London’s roads. Obviously no bad thing if it does. But would you want to be hit by a bus doing 20? Nor would I. These people see things in … Continue reading

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Another pitch to the Press

No doubt you heard about the Max Planck study which found that poor air quality is a greater threat to life than war, malaria, HIV or smoking. Replacing conventional traffic control with freedom to filter at low speeds and low … Continue reading

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Abuse Part 94

Interminable airtime is given over to child sexual abuse, but despite endless pitches to the Today Programme and other media outlets, state abuse involving over 20,000 avoidable deaths and life-changing injuries on our roads, annually, don’t get a look-in.

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Death penalty for “jaywalking”!

18 March 2018. The woman killed by a driverless car, Elaine Herzberg, 49, was crossing the road outside a designated crosswalk. The AI machine had only learned to detect pedestrians on crosswalks! So human error/stupidity and system error/stupidity killed her, … Continue reading

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Blithering Boris

When you know about a subject, you are usually dismayed by the media’s portrayal or politicians’ grasp of it. Boris’s self-satisfied vauntings about his transport infrastructure plans are no exception. “Tree-dappled” my foot! What a disappointing bunch they are, Johnson, … Continue reading

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