Natural predator of the car? Turns out it’s the car – transportxtra
Richard Dilks 13 July 2021
What little experience I have gleaned has taught me that far too much of the discussion and decision-making about cars in the UK falls into one of these camps:
1. Camp Dalek: Exterminate! Cars are bad. We must price them off and design them out. There are nearly 40 mn cars and vans so we’d better get cracking.
2. Camp Ostrich: Cars are bad. That’s why we are doing so much on cycle lanes, bus subsidy, lowered kerbs (delete/add to list as appropriate).
3. Camp Fatalist: Cars are bad. But we have nearly 40 mn of them. If we make it harder, more expensive, asocial even for people to use them then they just will not like us.
4. Camp Vroom: Cars are good. They enable us to do all sorts of useful things, they give us freedom, protection and pride and they play our favourite music.
That’s why we have nearly 40 million of them. Anyway, aren’t they all going to be electric soon?