Can’t make it to the Haringey council’s meetings, today & tomorrow, about air quality. I’m told anyway that what they’ve got in mind is getting people to switch to electric cars. That would mean no short-term action on air quality – people don’t replace their cars in a hurry – and, even if it were successful, the electric cars would still clog our streets, discouraging both bus use and active transit, using an unsustainable level of energy (call me about electric cars when the electricity supply is fully carbon neutral), and polluting air (and oceans) with particulates from tires and brakes.
Meanwhile, Living Wightman – a group founded on enthusiasm born of the closure of Wightman Road to through traffic while a bridge was being replaced – alerts me to a plan by Haringey Council to funnel more traffic through their road. Words about electric cars, action to increase motor traffic, does that sum up our air quality policy? Continue reading