This is where our society needs to seriously loose the brainwashing:
Even increasingly popular car-sharing was not satisfying for respondents; when asked if they would “rather share a car through a program like Zipcar or Car2Go than own my own vehicle,” 35 percent strongly disagreed. Also, 32 percent strongly disagreed with “I want a lifestyle where I don’t need to own a car.”
How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling – CityLab.
…and we debate our culture a lot. It is interesting to me the difference between the passive observer and the hopeful evangelist. This bike forums thread is a perfect cap to my trip: a very two sided discussion about the power of cars in the Angeleno (and American culture).
We are faced with peak oil, global warming, and economic contraction. We are betrayed by global capitalism and no garuantees of a not-poor retirement, or even senior heath care.
How many generations of poverty will it take to convince Americans that a 80 mile commute and a house is not a reasonable expectation? One.
We already have solutions to obesity, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, smog, 40,000 annual traffic fatalities, road rage, chronic debt, auto theft, grid lock and suburban sprawl. Go live that solution, please. And you’ll be healthy when you get there.
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