Port Townsend students present car-idling ban to city council

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Posted 5/20/22

Port Townsend High School students are asking the Port Townsend City Council to consider an idling ban for vehicles inside city limits.

Members of high school’s Students for Sustainability …

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Port Townsend students present car-idling ban to city council

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Port Townsend High School students are asking the Port Townsend City Council to consider an idling ban for vehicles inside city limits.

Members of high school’s Students for Sustainability club delivered a presentation to the city council Monday, encouraging councilmembers to enact a prohibition.

Five students discussed the proposed ban during the council’s
May 16 business meeting, and pointed to the negative environmental effects left by carbon emissions at the local and global level.

The ban would prohibit idling of vehicles for more than three minutes, with a parking ticket given to offenders after one warning.

Exemptions to the ban would apply to city and emergency vehicles such as ambulances and police cars.

People living in their cars also would be excluded from the prohibition, as well as drivers who are idling for the health and safety of people inside the vehicle. There are also exemptions for extreme temperatures below 32 degrees or above 80 degrees.

Students for Sustainability members considered and modeled their proposition on idling bans already enacted by city governments in Salt Lake City, Utah and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Included in the students’ presentation were startling statistics. Thirty million tons of CO2 are emitted yearly from vehicle idling in the U.S., the club noted, with
12 million gallons of fuel wasted every day in America due to idling.

Approximately 80 percent of marine environment pollution comes from land-based emissions due to water dissolving CO2, and two minutes of idling is equivalent to driving a full mile in a vehicle on average.

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  • Conrad

    Reality is gonna be a terrible disappointment for you kids. Maybe you should concentrate on bovine flatulence instead. It would be easier to police. (sarc intended)

    Friday, May 20 Report this

  • HarveyW

    This was presented at the same Council meeting where Council ignored public input and OK'd "temporary" mess tents through December. Not enforcing parking and not having any plan was also spoken about. Compounded manufactured problems damaging business and visitors.

    I began my comment May 16 to Council talking about failing our kids with Government like Council that ignores public input. That was not covered in the Leader.

    From the Free Press-

    "What impacted me most that was not expected was watching the Award to and presentation by the local High School kids. What a show. They were in favor of a City Ordinance regarding limiting vehicle idling. It was full of lots of details no one will enforce.

    They left without knowing laws and codes here are only a recipe idea that some make a living playing with and or ignoring. Actual serving up will not resemble package representation. They left not knowing that public input is not followed. The City Attorney has discretion. Obviously. The City Manager has discretion. Obviously. The City Council as a unit has no clue.

    Council showed they really don’t function as a critical thinking group and fell like a played out fish on a time line that didn’t need to be, against overwhelming public input that said “this (mess tents) is a terrible and not needed negative idea’.

    Here is to being young and naive and innocent.

    The kids left early. They didn't see reality. They should come back and propose that City Government follow its own laws and codes.

    For a real more in depth understanding for adults and kids alike see this article (link below) that links to several more articles regarding mess tents and the failure of your City Council yet again.

    https://www.porttownsendfreepress.com/2022/05/14/uptown-streateries-a-reality-check/

    You who are on the road, must have a code, that you can live by.

    Teach your children well............ by example.

    Monday, May 23 Report this

  • TomT

    The amount of effort put into this by the students calls for a T-ball participation ribbon.

    Tuesday, May 24 Report this