Cycling in Sydney Australia
I am unable to get over my feelings of amazement that so much time and deliberation is happening over something as harmless as an electric bicycle. It really is quite absurd. This is bureaucracy and the nanny state gone mad. The basic principle of controlling the use of motor vehicles on the roads to ensure safety is sound, but it has been corrupted into something entirely different that has nothing whatever to do with safety and common sense, but a lot of interfering busybodies massaging their idiotic egos and trying to convince themselves they are not simply a waste of space, which of course they are. And the biggest laugh is how they refer to societies such as ours as "free countries", when we are all up to our ears in tens of thousands of nit picking regulations - we are drowning in a sea of red tape. Soon we will have to obtain a license to tape a crap. The people at the RTA are idiots. How they got their jobs I cannot begin to imagine. Well I suppose its not really that hard to figure out - they were employed by other idiots.
Well put Phil. They went to town over the capacity of motorcycle engines too in regard to Ps and Ls and rego cost, but how very interesting it is that no one amongst them has even whispered a word about car engine capacities.
Vehicles– You must not drive any vehicle with:
Vehicles– You must not drive any vehicle with:
I find it highly amusing that today we have these ultra high tech cars, with these amazing engines that look like something out of a sci-fi movie, with 4, 6 or more valves per cylinder, computer controlled ignition systems, and power outputs capable of putting the car into a low earth orbit. Yet typically they are being driven 2 to 3 kms to the local supermarket to in effect function as a 2 ton shopping trolley. Maximum speeds in town are being reduced around the world more and more with areas in Australia now going down to 50 kmh and I believe in some cases below that, and in the UK there is mounting pressure to reduce their in town speed limit to 20mph. What a joke.
Do you think that the car industry lobby might have an influence on this? I do! Imagine if people in numbers started to buy/ride electric bikes for short/medium trips in preference to their 1 1/2 tonne shopping trolley. Car and fuel sales would drop, and the whole world would come to an end. Imagine the governments salivating to save the automotive industry if this was to happen!
RMS has a vested interest in building more roads. Maintaining them does not employ enough people and consequently the empire and tax dollar (which equals political clout) become smaller.
The best thing for the community does not figure anywhere in the whole equation.
OK... now this is ridiculous.
This is what happens when people don't pay attention in physics classes at high-school:
"I want people to see that one person really can make a difference, even a small difference."
Yeah... so if everyone just makes 'a small difference' then when compared to the entire population, the overall difference will be small. This is precisely why we're in trouble... everyone needs to make a big change to the way they live, especially the most wasteful. Tinkering around the edges & painting things green does nothing other than puff up the egos of the ignorant.
The same goes for these terribly designed, badly constructed 'green homes' which are only green because they've slapped some solar panels on the roof, put some CF bulbs in and thrown a water tank out the back. In summer they're hot boxes and fridges in winter... so you need all that extra power (and some) just to make it bearable.
They would get better bang for their buck by having an architect design & build something sensible (for a particular location - not a copy-paste routine that many developers use) that means that you don't have a heating or cooling bill. It is what we did.
When a home is designed and built *properly* you discover that it is expensive - probably the true cost of what a home should be. The problem is that most people want massive houses but then complain about what it costs to run them - and it is always 'someone else's fault' that they can't have it all. Meanwhile architects around the country are struggling to find work, some are working second jobs (non-archtectural). They don't earn much despite what people think - I know this - I have a few in the family.
Visitors to our small townhouse are surprised when we tell them how small it really is (100m2 internally) - well designed space makes it feel big - and how little energy we use to live in it. Passive solar for heating and cooling is much more sensible but less 'sexy' than something your neighbours can see on the roof...
Some people get it, most people don't. Even when faced with the solution they still often don't understand. They want to continue Business As Usual and look to techno-fixes to allow this to happen - the more visible, the better. Meh.
+1 to this.
The ban on traditional tungsten light globes is a classic.
Previously a medium sized room in a home would have been lit by a central hanging globe of say 75 or 100watts,
You now typically find six or even eight 50 watt recessed halogen down lights being used in this scenario.
(Yes that's 400watts to light the same room)
Talk about the law of unintended consequences.
I concur. They last nowhere near what is claimed - not even close. Also, I find about 1 in 8 of them fail very early indeed - sometimes after only a few weeks.
The same is true of rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries and the like. They claim up to 1000 recharges but I think 100 is much more like it.
Its so easy to make claims about things like this which are almost impossible to verify. Who makes meticulous records of how long each light in their house is switched on or how often a remote control using AA batteries is used? The manufacturers know this and know they can get away with almost any outlandish claim. Its really all BS.