Thursday, October 22, 2009

Road piggies

The entrance to our Wellington property is next to an entrance for Churton Park primary school, and you always know when it is school start and finish time - the street gets jammed with cars driven by mothers on school runs. Back in the good old days, schoolkids used to get to school by walking, cycling or taking the schoolbus. Not anymore - today it's by car. One estimate is that a third of all traffic between 8:30 and 9:00 am, and between 3:00 and 4:00 pm is school runs!

Particularly apalling is that many kids get driven in SUVs. One we notice which regularly parks next to our driveway is a huge black 3-ton monstrosity driven by a chubby ginger haired woman in sunglasses who not only takes her kid to and from school in the morning and afternoon, but also at the start and finish of lunch time. That's four round trips a day ... how much fuel does she burn in that thing, how much pollution gets pumped into the air, how much weight is her kid putting on by doing no exercise? (We can see how much weight she has put on). For the moment we shall retain your anonymity, lady, but that won't be for long if you keep showing up - a picture of you will be going on this blog...

In the meantime all are encourged to watch this 8-minute animated film SUV City

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