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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2010 20:48:25 GMT
"MarmiteMan says:
Unpalatable, but here it is: there is no short- or even medium-term alternative to the internal-combustion automobile - yet. Ther industry knows this and holds its hands up in embarrassment. So far, only more efficient variants of the aluminium-and-perspex blister are touted - electric, Toyota's Prius, etc. - but these are not yet mass-producable enough to be cost-effective to either the manufacturer or the customer, and would only really appeal to Europe's smaller countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, etc.). The larger countries could develop their railways more (whaaat, rebuild all those 19th railway lines?!!) whilst the very large countries (USA, Canada, Russia, Australia, China, Brazil, India) 'enjoy' such vast distances that even rail travel is not cost-effective (we are just NOT patient enough!) and so air travel will remain the norm for some time yet. In Europe we completely overlook the fact that a businessman in, say, London, might consider taking the train to Paris or Glasgow, but a businessman in New York will not take the train to Los Angeles.

From where I live, I should walk into Norwich city centre. Am overweight and unfit, so take the bus. Only, a return ticket costs 3.70 (at the latest count), whilst parking my car in a multi-storey costs 1.40 per hour. And unless one is in a group and so can split the cost, a taxi is prohibitive, too. Do the maths, as they say.

Opinion: the various strands of the transport industry have indeed probably left it too late to look into viable 'alternatives' BEFORE the oil runs out. What is currently on offer is too little, too expensive and too stop-gap. Which leaves us with the ol' chicken-and-the-egg conundrum: do we (consumers) change our attitude now or wait until more and better public transport is both available and of proven reliability ...?"

In my case I would have to change my job to reduce my burden on having a private car. Working shifts and mostly away from "home" I would be reliant on a public transport that doesn't operate 24 hours a day... my girlfriend lives in a different county to me, so I am also heavily reliant on public transport and aircraft to get me from one "home" to another.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2010 20:49:03 GMT
"Posted on 3 Nov 2010 19:45 GMT
Fazool says:
Call your flying cloud, jump on and off you go. Monkeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

or
Flying Carpet? Open sesame!"

Or our own TARDIS ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2010 21:17:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Nov 2010 21:18:14 GMT
Fazool says:
David W says:
Or our own TARDIS ;-)

Now you're talking!! Also, Teleport machines (without flys).

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 06:57:48 GMT
Dreamer says:
People keep suggesting walking, therefore legs.

Posted on 5 Nov 2010 09:44:52 GMT
Fazool says:
Horses
Camels
Elephants
Donkeys

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 10:48:28 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
Emus
Llamas
Yaks

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 10:58:01 GMT
RAB says:
I have to admit I'm a bit of a legs man myself.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2010 11:24:07 GMT
Fazool says:
large dogs?

Posted on 5 Nov 2010 16:25:02 GMT
R. A. Caton says:
I'm walking backwards for Christmas.....

Posted on 5 Nov 2010 16:44:55 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
Wings.

And a personal weatherproof bubble that be heated to the preferred temperature of the occupant. Can also be used at work to combat the arctic air conditioning.

Posted on 15 Nov 2010 22:20:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2010 22:25:01 GMT
Yangonite says:
The problems of overcrowding on motorways could be solved by prohibiting certain vehicles from travelling on certain days. Didn't the Greeks do this in Athens, based on odd vs. even numbers on cars' plates.
We could, say, ban all cars carrying vegetarians on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Think of the benefits in reduced air pollution.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2010 11:37:15 GMT
RAB says:
I do hope you aren't serious.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2010 12:43:11 GMT
Yangonite says:
Yeah, why not. We could ban the omnivores on Thurs, Fri and Sat.
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