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William.

Member since Feb 2011 • Last active May 2022

Artist and carpenter from West Norwood.

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    Transporting large/ awkward things long distances is pretty much exactly what cars are needed for. Trips like yours However are used to justify the dominance of cars everywhere, all the time. You're trying to get out of London for your trip, but you're stuck in traffic for hours because the streets are fouled up with parked by vehicles and people in SUVS popping to the shops. Fewer cars would be a good thing for people who need cars.

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    haraguing someone over train vs car is not going to stop the government's unstoppable subsidies for the motor industry nor change private developer's ability to build new homes in greenfield sites away from town centres.

    I think it's ok for conversations to develop from one example to take in wider issues. You've explained a root cause of the problem here, which is useful.

    On a positive note Lewisham shopping centre multi storey car park is being turned into affordable housing and green spaces. Just moved to the area and watching development with interest.

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    You're right, we can't completely restructure our society overnight. Much better to just give up and do nothing.

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    Hi Colm, I already said that the target of my comments here is not just the OP, but the normalisation of using large, harmful, unnecessary vehicles to transport very small amounts of people and kit fairly short distances. It should not be easy to park, it should be easy to get the train. I'm happy to see loads of people sharing experiences and advice on how to move bikes by train. Consumer demand is one thing that drives change.

    Freeing up the obscene amount of space devoted to storing cars would go some way to alleviating the housing crisis, and high density housing is cheaper, not more expensive. We have more green spaces than (almost?) any city in Europe and they are mostly protected from development.

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    I think there's now two but the inexcusable bit is that they're too small for a lot of bikes.

    Yes, large, heavy or otherwise non standard bikes have no chance. Also you need to be fit, tall and strong to lift it up. I have written and complained twice and got the usual brush off response.

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    Still need better bike provision on trains though!

    Yes and the more we complain about it and demand it and demonstrate the demand the better

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    "every 1% increase in the population density of a city associates with a 0.79% reduction in its CO2 emissions per capita"

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-0­19-11184-y

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    Is the alternative for more people to live in London?

    Yes. The closer we live together , the more efficient all our services are, the closer we are to shops and culture, the less transport we need, and of course the fewer cars. Urban living is green.

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    I actually got the date wrong, you can get in for 07.21

    Everything is possible without a car. Cars create more problems than they solve.

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    It's not easy being green.

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