Just back from France for a family holiday and saw what urban transport needs to do to move to be more sustainable. My kids were enthralled with all the family pictures of French EV’s (not true and a bit train spotty… very train spotty!) There were aspects which were further behind in France from what i saw such as a charging network and standard EV car use in the rural areas. But once we got into more utilitarian aspects and the French are miles ahead. I kept seeing sooooo many small utilitarian EV’s being used day-to-day. I don’t think the decision was a sustainability one but is based on cost and practicality.
A day visit to La Rochelle and I saw were we need to get with integrated transport system. From cheap easy to use park and ride, which were integrated into the new regular train system, bike hire, Electric cars, electric boats and the list goes on. La Rochelle showed me the power of a city council when it decides to ‘go for it’. For me ‘the user’ with my vast 20 words of French (16 of which involve food and drink) it was simple, quick and cheap to access. I wonder if we could do something more like this over here? We have aspects but not in such an integrated way