11:40pm Tuesday 26th February 2013
Global Warming is something that we, as British citizens; are pestered about continuously. Our country appears to be far behind others such as Germany and Sweden who seem to be doing all they can to make people understand that it TIME FOR CHANGE and to ADAPT to a new low-carbon way of living. In a survey carried out by Pew Research Centre, it was found that Germany was voted by other western publics as the most trusted country to do the right thing when it comes to climate change. So why is Britain so far behind?
Sure, we are continually told to use low watt light bulbs to reduce energy consumption (or forced rather, after the EU-wide ban on 60w incandescent bulbs that came into effect in September 2011). We are told to use energy efficient products, less hot water and use a mode of transport that does not involve polluting the environment. But my question is do our local councils really make all this possible?
Personally, I try to cycle whenever I can but sadly, on most occasions; this is not possible. The lack of cycle paths and awareness of cyclist safety are issues which need to be addressed more seriously. Instead of being told to layer on the fluorescents, and beware of drivers who may not be on the lookout for cyclists, councils should be trying to do something about providing a way for cyclists to travel safely without fear of being knocked down. The fact is that road sharing between bicycles and other vehicles, especially on smaller roads is downright dangerous.
Thankfully, hope is not completely lost as most councils have now begun to address the issue and with any luck, others should follow. “Boris bikes” seem to be spreading their rubbery roots all around the city as more and more have begun cropping up further away from the central. It was also nice to see a poster up in Richmond for hiring bicycles in the area as well as the fairly new high-tech stands in Ealing.
As for the remaining areas where not much is being done for cyclists, perhaps those in charge of these issues should consider this idea. That before telling us to go on the low-carbon diet, we need to me given the means of doing so; better cycle paths, more bicycle awareness and bicycle stands would be a good way to start.
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