Getting Around The City


Mayor Ken Livingstone was the first to realise that London is primarily a walking/ public transport city, and attempted to rebalance cars and public transport according to the ratios in which they were being used in different boroughs (finding that in Brixton, say, that 90% of the traffic was passing through to another area) but the problem of single people driving vehicles intended for five remains all over the world.

Often it’s the smartest areas that have the worst traffic problems because the wealthy will insist on driving everywhere – including mummies taking their little darlings five blocks to school in tanks they can barely control. But if you absolutely won’t walk/tube/bus and find most electric cars too naff to consider, there’s this new electric vehicle.

I’ve seen them in other European cities, but this is the nicest so far – your passenger sits behind you, as if on a motorbike. It does feel as if a driving rethink would happen if Londoners were given the facilities to top up their cars at regularly spaced power points.

5 comments on “Getting Around The City”

  1. keith page says:

    Ah, yes; the Renault Twizy.Looks like a 21st century version of the 1950’s tandem-seated Messerscmitt [which did come in both three and four-wheeled incarnations]

  2. snowy says:

    The French have form for this sort of thing. Among the many previous examples was the Mini-Comtesse.

    A three wheeled car so unstable that it would inevitably fall over when cornering. This prevented the unfortunate driver opening the single side door to escape. They would stay trapped until a passerby took pity on their plight and put the thing back on it’s wheels.

    This happened so often they caved in to customer pressure and added a extra door and a set of castor like stabilisers. It also had the crash resistance of a blancmange.

  3. Dan Terrell says:

    I rather like the Smart Twofour.

  4. Wayne says:

    Forget using the roads in London the public transport is far more convenient. While living in London I managed everyday life without the need of a Car….. Oh I did have one but that was used at weekends for trips out and to do the main shop.

    As for electric cars I love the idea but come on… HOW MUCH does that cost to run really? What with high purchase costs and battery replacement after seven years and then some cars even cost you a monthly Battery rental… So real world cost are High and they are not as green as they make out. Think on.

    Oh but I contradict everything by saying yes I do like the little Twizy

  5. glasgow1975 says:

    I love the idea of these but simply couldn’t fit my catfood/cat litter/suitcase when going home for xmas in one.

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