- — Bill Chidley (@BillBuffalo)Wed, Dec 23 2015 09:20:05No wonder Boris doesn't want to ban HGVs from London, as a classicist, he is well aware what happened to Caesar after he did same in Rome.
- A few people tweeted some replies in the same jokey vein as my original tweets:
- — James Avery (@pedalparity)Tue, Dec 22 2015 22:32:48Yup - and the presence of zebra crossings in Pompeii were the reason for its downfall http://designblog.nzeldes.com/2010/12/pedestrian-crossings-in-antiquity/ … https://twitter.com/BillBuffalo/status/679422817830588417 …
- Mustafa Arif, a trustee of the London Cycling Campaign, who have also been calling for action to reduce danger from lorries, responded with this:
- And then Mary Beard herself popped up in my time-line:
- — Lindsay Wycherley (@Wychofsalem)Fri, Dec 25 2015 11:26:28
- So there you are! Cities can survive and thrive after heavy goods vehicles have been banned day-time. Take that one and run with it cycling tweeps!
Mary Beard confirms that Julius Caesar banned heavy goods traffic from Rome during daytime
I was very interested to read in Mary Beard's book about Rome 'SPQR' that Julius Caesar banned big carts from Rome daytime, a ban that was not rescinded by subsequent emperors, as I have been calling for a day-time ban of lorries from London. So I wrote a couple of jokey tweets about it.
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