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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Motorcycles Greener?! What a Joke!

Posted on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 8:57 PM

I almost died laughing when I read an article in the Herald this week about a group of motorcyclists lead by a certain city councillor and some other lady who are lobbying City Hall for free parking in the downtown. They claim that motorcycles and scooters are more environmentally friendly and as such, they should be allowed to park for free downtown. In case that is not enough they cry about the fact that if they do park in one of those parking areas where you get a paper sticker that they have no place to put it so it is not practical. All in all they claim that they should be allowed to park anywhere downtown (even meters) all day and pay ZILCH!

Now I have a few problems with their arguments. First of all the environmentally friendly attitude. I ask everyone to go Google "Motorcycle Emissions" and see what comes up. Motorcycles and even scooters put out more emit more pollution than a standard car (without even talking about Smart Cars). Bikes do not have catyltic converters so as such they are just spewing out harmful gases. If you do not believe the testing I ask you to stand beside one of those big Harleys as the engine is running.

So that argument is utterly dumb. The lady even tried to state that the reason that she and her husband who is a PHD student (what relevance THAT has I have no idea) bought motorbikes was that they were hoping that it would start a green movement. So let me figures this out. Instead of the two of you driving in one car which would emit less, you take 2 motorcycles to work every day which are shown to create more pollution? Yep. Makes perfect sense to me!

As far as the huge issue of not having a place to put your parking permit, I would think that with all of the technology today that this could be solved somehow?

It is what it is. Some of these people are driving 50,000 dollar polluting motorcycles and they want to park anywhere in Halifax (like a meter is not hard enough to get in this city as it is) for nothing. All in the name of being more environmentally friendly. What a joke. I suggest that they go back to the drawing board and come up with an argument that is actually semi-believeable and that can be backed up with facts!

---A Realist

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