Tag Archives: traffic-lights

KO’d by a traffic light

In a violent end to last night’s anti-racist demo in Whitehall, a police officer was knocked off her horse and sustained a head injury from … a frigging traffic light! And those WMD – weapons of mass distraction, danger and … Continue reading

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Peaceful coexistence

There are calls to allocate more road space to cycling and walking. That’s fine, as long as it goes hand in hand with deregulation. Otherwise, the cycle of coercive control will continue to maximise emissions, cause needless delay and road … Continue reading

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Another nail in coffin

Brake dust is as bad as diesel for producing tiny particles that penetrate heart, lungs and bloodstream. It may be even worse because it produces those particulates in greater quantities. The stop-start drive cycle produced by traffic lights and priority … Continue reading

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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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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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More policy inanity

The congestion charge exemption for sub-75 g/km vehicles ends in Oct 2021, and from 2025, zero emissions cars will lose their exemption too. Sadiq Khan’s rationale? Traffic pollution damages health and development. We know that. But zero emissions cars emit … Continue reading

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DfT and ministerial negligence

A government paper announces funding for local authorities to ‘tackle air pollution’. One of its grotesquely overdue measures is to ‘adjust traffic signals to cut congestion’. So the paper is an open admission that traffic lights contribute to 40,000 premature deaths a … Continue reading

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Another avoidable road death

Report here. To blame for this road death, of course, is the malign system of priority. Once again, of course, the perpetrators of the system will get away with what amounts to manslaughter. The onus for road safety should be on … Continue reading

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Media apathy or censorship?

Yesterday I emailed several BBC news programmes and national newspapers the following. So far zero response:   So there will be no Brexit dividend, and we face tax increases to fund the NHS. Meanwhile, a fount of public money, currently … Continue reading

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Will they or won’t they?

Coverage of my attempt to get Barnstaple to go traffic light-free, starting with a double T-junction similar to the one in Portishead. My response to Councillor Greenslade to follow.

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