the discussion of the importance making cars safer continues...
> Getting genuine CARFREE developments BUILT must be our primary
> objective. The creation and expansion of truly carfree urban areas
> facilitate and accelerate far-reaching changes around the globe; which
> will dramatically improve the quality of life of millions of people:
My offlist correspondent replied:
>AGREED, BUT THESE SUGGESTIONS (technological improvements in car
safety) MAY BE ONE OF THE SEVERAL TOOLS USED TO REACH THE OBJECTIVES.
Sure. And if safe streets are your primary objective, then your ideas
could have tremendous effects very quickly, if implemented. The same
could be said for dramatic, strictly enforced, speed limit reductions on
all surface streets where non-motorised street users are found to
represent a significant portion of the 'traffic'. I described how I'd
like to see this done in a previous message to the carfree list.
>TO FOCUS ONLY ON THE BUILDING IS LIKE OUR CURRENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM
>ONLY ON THE CAR.
Well, not exactly... It is a conscious attempt to establish intelligent
priorities, to focus FIRST on that which is most likely to bring about
the greatest real, lasting change in the status quo. The quickest way
to build popular and political support for alternatives to cars, is to
treat them to an actual, first-hand experience of what life without cars
could be like. Places with smaller cars, cleaner cars, quieter cars,
safer cars and fewer cars altogether, are nice... but they offer only a
tiny fraction of the improvements in quality of life, health, safety,
urban aesthetics and opportunity for social interaction that carfree
cities offer. It is my hope that more and more concerned citizens like
yourself will read Crawford's book and inform themselves about the
tremendous damage to the Earth, our cities, our communities, our
families and ourselves that has resulted from our dependence on cars.
They will discover that the solution to all these problems is within our
reach. When the timing is right, and enough people get behind a big
idea, great things can happen relatively quickly.