Public transport, when considered, is often too easily dismissed. A survey in Darlington got people to estimate journey times and costs, by car and by public transport. Correcting those prejudices is one way to get more people out of their cars, and some local councils have done this through advertising campaigns, better access to information, or just giving away free tickets to get people to try the bus.
The most interesting section of the book for me was the chapter on town planning. When a town or city has been planned to accomodate cars first and foremost, a car can easily become a necessity. Out of town supermarkets and retail parks, regional hospitals, housing estates by the ring road, all of these are unsustainable ways to set up a town.
Getting councils to think through the planning permissions for these kind of building projects is vital. Of course, most people like their cars and have no intention of giving them up, climate change or not. Those most attached to their cars should be thinking about this the most however, because peak oil may take the choice out of our hands in the near future.
As we discovered in the heavy snowfall in january, our way of life is very vulnerable. If there was a petrol shortage, how would you get to work? If fuel prices tripled, would you still want to drive the children to school?
Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture
It would be wise to prepare in advance. There are dozens of ideas and facts in Car Sick that are worth separate posts. I will follow some more of these up in the future. We are burning fosil fuels which is warming the planet which in turn is melting the polar caps which in turn is making more fosil fuels availble which in turn will create more buring of fosil fuels. We need to reduce the amount of cars on the road for these environmental reasons or think of an alterative.
There is also the amount of fatalities linked with younger drivers. The system is simple. Raise the driving age and make those older individuals re test.
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This will also help with our environment. Furthermore we need to introduce some more ridgid car sharing schemes to reduce the amount of cars on the road and reduce these risks. There is a trend for bigger and less fuel efficient vehicles but it has to stop.
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The fact is we are still going to be using cars, but we can make do with smaller vehicles, hybrid vehicles, or even mopeds and scooters. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. She shows how de-motorisation works: in place of traffic, it offers neighbourly streets and vibrant city centres.
From small towns like Langenlois in Austria, to the centre of London, de-motorisation is transforming urban surroundings.
We do not need to get rid of cars altogether. What we do need is to change the way we think about travel.
Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture - Lynn Sloman - Google книги
Car Sick is a passionate, well-argued case for moving away from a car-centred to a people-centred society. Civic space reclaimed: the dawn of the de-motorised city How much traffic can we get rid of? De-motorising yourself What does the future hold? Lynn Sloman was Assistant Director of the environmental pressure group Transport for ten years until She now runs a sustainable transport consultancy, Transport for Quality of Life, helping the government, local councils and voluntary groups find ways to cut traffic.