Posted by The Ranty Highwayman
It’s About The People, Stupid
I’M BACK FROM A WEEK AWAY ON THE NORFOLK/ SUFFOLK BORDER AND AS USUAL IT HAS GIVEN ME SOME THINKING TIME.
As usual, I have managed to get some reading in; this time “Street Smart” by Sam Schwartz, the former Chief Engineer of New York City, aka Gridlock Sam. Part autobiography and part traffic engineering manual, this highly accessible book shows how Schwartz realised the futility of building more roads to solve congestion and the need to enable multi-modal transport in order to free our towns and cities from the overuse of the private car. Schwartz uses his own experiences and plenty of international examples to make his points.
I also finished “The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy Has Been Bought“, by Donnachadh McCarthy. Many people know McCarthy as a co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists, but as a senior Liberal Democrat party officer, he saw first-hand how lobbying, big business interests and media barons have attacked UK democracy for their own (mainly financial) ends.