Archive for October 10th, 2011

Monday Moaning

Monday Moaning this week is a continuation of the CTWW challenge the previous week. Looking at public versus private transport.

Muscle cars of the past

The world is worried about global warming and atmospheric pollution in general, but we don’t stop using our cars. The number of cars on our roads making short trips or going to work with only one person are a plague in our cities.

While we are making inroads into solving the problem and looking at smaller more efficient cars or electric cars rather than the muscle cars of the past. The problem with congestion remains.

We also ignore the use of natural resources in making all cars, whether efficient or not. Even with electric cars we are building more dams and electricity generation facilities that use more resources and create their own pollution. The problem is cyclic. We need to break the cycle!

Are we not barking up the wrong tree?

Shouldn’t we be looking at banning cars from the cities altogether?

Shouldn’t cities be looking at providing an efficient system of public transportation to cater to the demands of carless cities?

Shouldn’t cities be providing safe cycling paths and necessary infrastructure for cycles?

Shouldn’t the cities be providing the education necessary for people to change their ideas about ‘cars rule’?

We need to take a long hard serious look at our society and change some of the rules of the game rather than just change the chess pieces.

Milan in Italy, purported to be the most polluted European city, bans cars from the city when the pollution level reaches a predetermined limit.

In the face of what we have now there should be incentives like free parking for cars that travel to work at capacity (car pooling 3 or 4 passengers), there are many simple ideas like this that could be implemented in the status quo that would help resolve the existing problems in the interim. Or even fines for cars traveling to work with only the driver.

Moan over…

What do you think?

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