In 1999 I decided to leave Saudi Arabia after spending a few years working in Riyadh learning all about how to make a clean label gelato.
I’ve lived in many different cities but Brighton and Dublin are my two favourite places, they are perfect size cities and have lots of similarities.
But the reason I’m writing is to let you know where they are very different, if somebody in Brighton suggested to cut down trees to widen a city centre road they would be uproar and then laughter as they would look at it as a joke.
It just wouldn’t be entertained. What they would do is (and this goes against my convenience as I make a living driving around Dublin) close a car lane. Of course this will inconvenience drivers but we will at some stage sooner rather than later start realising that we have to start being more pedestrian/bus and cyclist friendly.
If you are walking around Dublin, notice how long it takes for pedestrian lights to change to green, similar pedestrian lights in Brighton change twice as much in the pedestrian’s favour, while driving around Brighton city centre is a nightmare and it’s done that way to put people off driving in the city centre.
City centre traffic should be for public transport and service vehicles this may sound extreme, but we should be growing new trees in the city centre not cutting them and destroying the beauty of our city.