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by Mark R
13 Aug 2019, 8:30am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3230

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Another way to look at it would be: Public services are stretched thin due to cuts. Therefore it is somewhat impractical to expect the police and councils to police the problem of idling vehicles. People are being made sick by air pollution and idling vehicles are a significant source. Therefore pay...
by Mark R
13 Aug 2019, 8:11am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3230

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Unless you are seeking out worst case examples, then EVs are not massively heavier than their IC equivilants. In fact where they are heavier it similar to to extra weight of a diesel compared to a petrol. Very interesting that no-one was banging on about the extra weight of of a dieselmotor. It was ...
by Mark R
12 Aug 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3230

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

ATM the enforcement of anti-idling laws is unbelievably lax. The French actually seem to 'get it' WRT air pollution - they have decent enforcement of anti-idling laws and over there you need to apply for a permit before you can light a bonfire. Over here the only circumstances whereby a motorist wou...
by Mark R
6 Aug 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: E cars and the change to the urban landscape
Replies: 109
Views: 3854

Re: E cars and the change to the urban landscape

But its interesting that you didn't want to flag this up when we were discussing diesels.....
by Mark R
4 Jul 2019, 11:17pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Halfords cheap assist, which type for a noob
Replies: 5
Views: 743

Re: Halfords cheap assist, which type for a noob

Just to be a bit contrary...The ebike I use most is a 20" wheel "shopper". For local trips, compared to a big wheeler, it is simply more useful and user friendly: Carries loads better, easier to store, easier to manoeuvre round cycle gates etc I have no knowledge or opinion about the ...
by Mark R
1 Jul 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hydrogen Vehicles
Replies: 280
Views: 5727

Re: Hydrogen Vehicles

Yep Swiss federal rail is 100% electric. TBH the terrain of Cornwall is pretty tame in comparison. No excuse whatsoever for sticking with the filthy cancerous diesels on the branch lines let alone on the main routes.
by Mark R
30 Jun 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hydrogen Vehicles
Replies: 280
Views: 5727

Re: Hydrogen Vehicles

Buses are typically in use for 16-18 hours a day or more, maintenance is done at night, then the bus goes out again at 04:oo Using electric buses means: no. more buses! This is a very odd claim to make! In Shenzhen, China the bus fleet consists of 16,000 vehicles....how many are electric?........ E...
by Mark R
22 Apr 2019, 12:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-Bikes rules/Law
Replies: 49
Views: 3068

Re: E-Bikes rules/Law

IMO the 25kph/15.5mph restriction is punitive and make e-bikes a less attractive alternative to short/medium car journeys. This is no doubt exactly the way the motor lobby would like things to stay. Wouldn't 20mph be about the right the right level for assisted top speed? At least then ebike riders ...
by Mark R
16 Mar 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1169

Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

I think if I was converting a Moulton i'd go for a crank drive set up. That way all the extra weight would be sprung.
by Mark R
16 Mar 2019, 11:42am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1169

Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Ha - I wish! I'ts a lovely looking bike but its not mine.
by Mark R
22 Feb 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72390

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Hardly surprising to my mind. Our sorry excuse for a government won't even pick the low hanging fruit... Want to burn your garden waste in a built up area? No problem go right ahead..... Want to bid for a school bus contract with a fleet of grossly polluting 15 year old diesel coaches? No problem, a...
by Mark R
2 Feb 2019, 9:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72390

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Having watched the lot I'd go along with the 'unreasonable panic' thesis, but it was only a 28 minute documentary and I'm no epidemiologist.... I'd rather focus on the findings / methods / recommendations of the original RCPCH report. More background..... https://www.politico.eu/article/dueling-doc...
by Mark R
29 Jan 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution
Replies: 584
Views: 72390

Re: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gguwJRrzzF8

Here is a nice video update on the diesel bans in Germany for anyone interested....

Notice the Deutsche Post delivery bicycle at 3:30!
by Mark R
15 Jan 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wood Burners
Replies: 170
Views: 3723

Re: Wood Burners

Oh yeah - I can really see French farmers complying with a ban on bonfires. I can. A fine of say 300 euros for each transgression should do the trick nicely. After all why should they have the convenience of disposing of their waste for free whilst everyone downwind gets to breathe their stinking, ...