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.