All cities are going to have higher levels of pollution due to the higher concentration of vehicles, we all know that. Having lived, studied and worked in London for 10 years before moving to Spain
I experienced firsthand the pollution in the city.
Pollution in the cities has reached an all time high
In February 2003 the famous ‘Congestion Charge’ was implemented and was met with a huge amount of controversy at the time. Very few Londoners were happy about having to pay 5 pounds to drive into Zone 1 which was to be known as the ‘Central Zone’.
Since then, this scheme has evolved hugely and encouraged people to choose greener alternatives for their transport and then penalising people who still have the vehicles producing the highest emissions.
Alternative Eco transport solutions
I think that pretty much everyone has owned or owns one of these – a bicycle. The cycling industry has exploded over the past 10 years and as more people choose this as their preferred option to get from A to B we have seen that the general infrastructure around us has also changed dramatically to embrace this with cycle lanes popping up pretty much everywhere.
The development of the E-bike has also opened up doors for a lot of people who just needed that bit of assistance whilst on two wheels.
Electric cars are now starting to come through as more car companies are producing them. But, obviously, you need a lot of money to invest in this new technology.
The same can be said for the Hybrid car which is more commonplace now, but again they are more expensive to buy than a standard petrol model and until we start to see them coming through in the second-hand market they will remain out of reach for most of us as an eco option for transportation.
Electric motorbikes and mopeds again will cost you less money but this is a new market too and the prices are still high.
With the car and motorbike options too you have limited charging options when you are out and about because the infrastructure to support these types of transport has just not been integrated.
Not all forms of transport within a city are things that we have control over, they are public transport options to get you from A to B cheaply, quickly and efficiently. The face of these has changed drastically over recent years with governments worldwide bringing out new initiatives to encourage as much public transportation to be green to improve air quality within their cities and reduce their carbon footprint. London launched the world’s first double-decker electric buses in 2016, Black taxis started silently moving through the streets of London in March 2018, monorail systems, trams and probably one of the most famous being the London Underground system.
We must not forget that we are also able to enjoy the immense pleasure of walking which has massive health benefits, zero impact on the environment and will cost you absolutely nothing!
The E-Scooter has arrived
The new kid on the block is the electric scooter or e-scooter and this has accelerated the green revolution in the cities for the daily commute and getting from A to B.
For those of you out there who may not have encountered one yet, picture this. You know the Razor scooters that took the world by storm for kids – basically, it is a kick scooter that you stand on and hold the handlebars and then project yourself forward by the power of your foot.
Well, these are the scaled up, super high-tech, eco-friendly adult versions powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery to transport you up to 15.5MPH (or 25KMH) over an 18.6 mile range ( 29KMS).
Eco Electric Scooters – it’s a no brainer!
Not only is the e-scooter eco-friendly, it is also a very affordable option which opens it up to a much wider group that cannot buy the new electric Mini or electric VW Golf.
This is also something that will get us out in the fresh air, which hopefully will become even fresher over time.
They are also easy to store because of their size, so parking it by your desk or in your apartment etc is not going to be a problem. Equally, range anxiety due to charging issues would be less because of their portability.
Finally, they are perfect for commuters who need to drive into cities where parking is an issue, you just pop your e-scooter in the back you your car and then park further outside a city centre and then use your electric scooter to get you the rest of the way to work or your destination, keeping the city centre pollution down and no doubt speeding up your journey time instead of getting stuck in those dreaded traffic jams!
I think that the electric scooter has so many applications and benefits. If you have any questions or would like to chat with me about it. Please don’t hesitate to comment below, I would love to hear from you.
TIA and Happy E-Scooting! X