My brilliant Assembly colleague @sianberry shows how the Mayor CAN cancel the Silvertown Road Tunnel, and develop smart fair privacy friendly road charging at the Blackwall Tunnel, all costing Londoners far less than this toxic project. No excuse not to cancel it now.
Brompton has revealed plans to invest as much as £100m in a new UK factory that will secure its place as the UK’s biggest bicycle manufacturer. In an added twist it has decided to reject the normal grey shed, instead opting to build its plant on stilts amid a newly restored wetland.
The folding bike maker plans for the new site at Ashford in Kent to be open by 2027, on a 40 hectare (100 acre) floodplain. The stilts will be needed to prevent the factory being regularly inundated. It will also have no new car parking, instead relying on new pedestrian and cycle paths from the train station.
Russian forces under control of Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine last night. Sadly, such an act of aggression was expected as it’s been clear for a very long time now that Putin is dangerous. He’s already occupied part of Ukraine for many years without provoking much of a reaction, and even his fairly obvious Russian support for Brexit and Trump and other actions to undermine the EU and the USA, and the more recent Covid / vaccine misinformation spread by Russian bots have largely been ignored. Unfortunately we even have political parties within our countries which are acting against our interests and instead supporting the interests of Russia (examples from Netherlands, UK, USA).
@LambethLivingSt · Feb 20 This THREAD tries to answer in three parts:
In Lambeth parking revenue is £35m per year, but without parking subsidies this could be as high as £80m. Over 10 years, that’s a transfer of around £600m from poorer to richer residents. It’s clear injustice as a transfer, but doubly so if you consider who suffers from dirty air
1. CPZs everywhere. This puts at least a low price on parking & begins to tame the worst aspects of wild west parking like abandoned cars & pavement parking (see CPZ & abandoned cars map) This might be filling the gaps or creating a single borough-wide CPZ.
2. Reduce & rebalance the parking subsidy. The reductions could be staggered over several years, but by 2026-27, there should be no council subsidies for parking the dirtiest cars, which means no difference in cost between parking the dirtiest car in a private or council space.
3. Rebalance the parking subsidy means looking at vehicle storage holistically. Cars or bikes are a choice & the revenue from reducing the parking subsidy for cars should go hand-in-hand with increasing the subsidy for bike storage so there are more & cheaper spaces for residents
Never forget that when Seoul, Korea removed the Cheonggyecheon expressway in 2003 & replaced it with a restored stream & 1000 acre park in the city’s centre, not only did it transform the city’s public life & economic success, but the traffic got better. The traffic got BETTER. Brent Toderian @BrentToderian
Stolen London hire-scheme bicycles sighted in unlikely destinations as annual thefts rise
They have been a feature of London’s streets for nearly 12 years: the docked public bikes for sharing that are billed as one of the easiest and quickest ways for people to make shorter journeys. Or in some cases, it seems, considerably longer ones.
This newt species is suffering one of the largest rates of reported roadkill deaths for any type of wildlife globally. sfchronicle.com/climate/articl…
Juliana O’Rourke 18 February 2022
External interventions from national governments will be required to achieve these ambitious targets – road charging schemes and measures to increase the cost of car use for short or unnecessary journeys
Glasgow`s draft transport strategy also aims to tackle poverty, support economic growth and create more liveable neighbourhoods by boosting public and active modes of transport
A million tickets a year are set to be issued to speeding motorists in London following a massive expansion of 20mph limits and the roll-out of new speed cameras.
Transport for London is planning to almost treble the number of main roads limited to 20mph and wants a “significant increase” in the capacity of the Met police to catch and fine drivers who exceed the limit.
The Met recorded 362,731 road traffic offences in six months between last April and November, up 34 per cent, or 92,519 offences, on the same period in 2020.
Of these, 76 per cent of offences were for breaking the speed limit – almost 40,000 a month.