Tuesday 5 April 2011

Cyclists and the Costa sustainability

Cycling east along Selborne Road E17 yesterday I encountered an obstruction in the form of YJ58 UOH. As the driver was in his cab I preferred to use one of his 'blind spots' to take a pic from the rear (many lorry drivers are camera shy and some shout very rude words).

The company this driver is working for is passionate about equity, sustainability and the environment (their coffee comes from sustainably grown beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms). Such a shame these values don’t extend to the Costa vehicle fleet. The signing here is clear enough: a double-yellow line ‘no waiting at any time’ parking restriction, apart from it being a bus lane with a continuous white line and the only other permitted users being taxis and cyclists. The driver had parked on the footway (another offence) and was also blocking the dropped kerb which allows cycling access to the Town Square. Clearly a driver in need of serious re-education.

I was inspired by this experience to check out the world of Rainforest advocacy. It led me to this.

Linda has a passionate interest in electric cars and all things environmental... Every time I turn the key in the ignition, I experience the thrill of “riding the rays” while avoiding the corner gas station. One of our recent utility bills indicated that we owed $1.95 for two months of powering our 3,000 square- foot home and sending the electric vehicle down the freeway at ticket-inducing speeds. It really doesn’t get any better than that