We recently relocated here from Vancouver and have often noted idling vehicles. Are we more conscious of this practice in the urban settings?
The city has a bylaw restricting idling to no more than three minutes in a 60 minute period and encourages an idle-free zone.
How long does it actually take to turn off the engine and simply restart while unloading, waiting or relaxing at the park?
Is it really that cold out?
Municipalities could certainly increase the awareness on a local level and educate people on the environmental impacts of these actions.