While we wait for the voters and politicians to agree to legislate for
efficient cars, what other options are available?


My favourite suggestion is the provision of excellent cycle facilities, along
with appropriate legislation (lower speed-limits, and collision regulations
that favour cyclists, for example). Figure 20.12 shows a roundabout in
Enschede, Netherlands. There are two circles: the one for cars lies inside
the one for bikes, with a comfortable car’s length separating the two. The
priority rules are the same as those of a British roundabout, except that cars
exiting the central circle must give way to circulating cyclists (just as British
cars give way to pedestrians on zebra crossings). Where excellent cycling
facilities are provided, people will use them, as evidenced by the infinite
number of cycles sitting outside the Enschede railway station (figure 20.13).

Somehow, British cycle provision (figure 20.14) doesn’t live up to the
Dutch standard.

Figure 20.12. A roundabout in Enschede, Netherlands.
Figure 20.13. A few Dutch bikes.
Figure 20.14. Meanwhile, back in Britain...
Photo on right by Mike Armstrong.