32801Letter: Carless living way to go; how to encourage less driving
- Nov 10, 2006Published Friday, November 10, 2006, by the Mountain View Voice
Living carless the way to go
Letters to the Editor
I enjoyed reading the article covering a carless Mountain View
"Carless -- and doing fine," Oct. 27).
Like them, I have also discovered the benefits of walking, biking,
and taking public transportation to work and shopping: fresh air,
exercise, and a slower pace of life. There are three ways that
Mountain View could encourage less driving.
1. Increase housing density. Mountain View currently has more jobs
than housing. People will drive less if they live close to work and
2. Charge for parking in downtown. This will encourage people to
find other ways to visit downtown. Furthermore, the eventual reduced
demand for parking lots will free up land to be used for more
housing and shops in downtown.
3. Close off downtown from auto traffic once a month. One great
thing about the annual Art and Wine Festival is being able to stroll
down the middle of Castro Street. This would increase foot traffic
along downtown shops and encourage a community-oriented atmosphere.
Having cleaner, less smoggy air and residents who are refreshed from
a relaxed commute will make Mountain View a better place to live.
One day the carless family depicted in the article will no longer be
in the minority.
E. Middlefield Road