Letter: Pedalling humans vs electric vehicles

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Sir: Philip Insall correctly observes that electric vehicles are not pollution-free but simply move the pollution elsewhere.

However, he does ignore one important benefit: electric vehicles do at least alleviate the concentration of vehicle pollution found in urban areas.

As someone who cycles daily in Bristol, I would certainly prefer to cycle in quiet, clean traffic than in what exists in our urban centres today. It might even encourage more people to walk or cycle. The situation, at least in city centres, is not helped by the increase in the number of diesel vehicles, whose exhaust fumes are perceptibly worse to those breathing the air nearby.

Yours faithfully,


Redland, Avon

2 July