Charge Points

“I’m not anti-car”.

OK, then well yes I am. Cars kill and maim and cause air, noise and ground pollution. But I also accept that cars in some form are here to stay, and that if we want to reduce the harm they cause, we need to switch to electric as soon as possible, whilst also cutting back on car ownership, encouraging more car clubs and of course charging market rates for street parking, where it can be provided safely, ie on side roads.

The fallacy of street chargers on through roads

I live on a side street, which will be ideal for charge points, once the council finally gets round to making it an LTN, which I think will happen in the next year or two. Running parallel to this street is the very worst type of “stroad” – ie what should be a reaonsable urban road has been turned into a nasty traffic sewer, because the council keep pandering to demands for more and more cars to be squeezed in.

Surely, this main road, which is also on a high frequency bus route, is the very worst place to put charging facilities. Why are they even considered on this kind of road?


 

So there’s no doubt in my mind that all electric represents the future of car engines – not petrol, and certainly not diesel. Hybrids are merely a stop-gap to fully electric cars. Cars need charging, and where the car owner doesn’t also own a large enough drive, these cars need to be parked and charged on street.

Charging facilities on main through roads delay all other road users and make walking and cycling unsafe.

I’d like to think that so far, none of this is particularly contentious, but of course it is. So what about the really radical suggestion that charging facilities for cars belong on the road, just like the cars themselves. I’ve yet to see a single such charging point installed in this city. They are all on the pavements, never on the road.

How does this help encourage more walking?

How does this help people navigate the pavements, especially on bin collection days?

Is there a single council in the UK which has conducted even one Equality Impact Assessment on their own charger implementation policy?

 

 

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