Colchester photo albums

To see slide shows of some of the less well-known parts of Colchester, click on the pictures below. During the slide show, you can click on a picture to get further info, if it's available.


Specialist shops

Specialist shops

 

Inner green spaces

Inner green spaces

 

East Hill

East Hill

 

East Street

 

New Town
(Magdalen St)

 

The first Co-op on Colchester

New Town
(general)

 

firstsite:newsite

 

East Bridge

 

The Hythe (old)

 

The Hythe (new)

 

Balkerne Heights

Balkerne Heights

 

Greenstead Estate

Greenstead Estate

 

Greenstead Road

Greenstead Road

 

University

University

19 January, 2007

The problem with buses


It's received wisdom that public transport causes less pollution than the use of private cars. To the pedestrian, child in a buggy or cyclist however, the opposite feels true. The bus roars past (bus drivers are always accelerating, braking or swerving to maximize the jerky effect) and we all know what to expect: a swirling fog of warm, particulate-laden, diesel exhaust through which we must hold our breath until we are clear. Bus exhaust outlets seem designed to do this deliberately, pointing down towards the road surface to ensure an even distribution of toxic gases at the breathing level. This is not how it has to be. Many continental cities have buses whose exhausts vent vertically. Granted the gases have to go somewhere and upper-storey windows over the street may have to stay closed during busy times. But the city of Florence solves this by using smaller, electric buses for the clogged inner city routes. Most big trucks have vertical exhausts. Why not buses, which spend so much of their journeys belching their way past pedestrians in narrow streets?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Ade said...

I was amazed, when First buses introduced a new fleet to the 65 route (Highwoods <-> Tollgate), that they didn't take the opportunity to use LPG or electric buses.

Instead you get diesel fumes on that route every 10 mins, 18 hours a day!

Sunday, 21 January, 2007  

Post a Comment

<< Home