5196Air Conditioning, Cars, and livable places
- Jun 1, 2002It's a topic that comes up every year about this time in
North American, how can bicyclists and pedestrians cope
with the heat? Traditional wisdom is to stay away
from extreme climates or reduce one's physical activity
to the coolest parts of a day if the temperature proves
hostile. Recall, the old musical lyric sung by
Noel Coward, "only mad dogs and Englishmen go out
in the noon day sun." Now days it's not fair to
single out Englishmen for behaving like strangers
in a stange land.
Several sources reaffirm that the recent inventions
of the automobile and air conditioning resulted in
people having moved into regions previously
not fit to support large populations year round.
The late 20th Century migrations to the Sun Belts
represent a larger scale version of suburbs. Both
are contrived environments only made possible
by high energy consumming products.
"Blues, these 20th Century Blues..."
Sigh, now plus one,
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