Last week I was delighted to attend the Sustainable Transport conference: Ultra Low Carbon Travel organised by Govtoday.
I was, however, less impressed with the idea of Electric Cars, which were the main focus of the conference. Driving a more sustainable car is not the answer to sustainable transport – it will, in my opinion, just encourage people to drive more. Taking ULEZ and Electric Cars together, I am afraid it turns out you can buy absolution from your (carbon) sins after all.
The silver lining to this cloud of exhaust fumes came in the form of two excellent sessions on cycling. Wim van der Wijk (Cycling Expert, Royal HaskoningDHV) talked about the justly famous bicycle infrastructure in the Netherlands. The High-Speed Bicycle Route, All Direction Green (ADG), and Light Art in Tunnel projects were my favourite. Who would not want to be an artistic cyclist, changing the colour of street lights by shouting at them on your way past? I was consumed by jealousy of Dutch cyclists!
Another Bike Hire scheme was introduced towards the end of the conference by Harry Scrope (Brompton Bike Hire). A folded quality bike that you can rent for longer than 30 minutes sounds fantastic! I looked at my Barclay Cycle Hire key and frowned a bit.
Well, at least my neutral carbon travel habit could encourage you to think more about the alternative?
Sustainable Travel Assistant