I wish I had a pound or dollar for the times I hear those terms "naive" and
"unrealistic" ... er ... like there must have been people who said this in
the past about the potential of "nuclear energy" (unfortunately), the chance
that a group called the "Beatles" would ever get out of Liverpool, and
whether women should have the vote or slaves be freed. All counter-intuitive
ideas at a particular time. Only someone who is naive and unrealistic would
risk using these terms. But then there are people who when looking at a
grain of sand see only a grain of sand. or people looking at a finger see
only the finger and not where it's pointing.
To be realistic about transport and settlement patterns you need to be
imaginative. The car is seriously stuck and we are having to live in the
deep ruts it makes trying hopelessly to get out.
----- Original Message -----
From: Henning Mortensen <henning_work@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Florida news.
> >In general, reading a lot of the exchanges in this group, I feel most
> >of the participants are naive and unrealistic.
> Thanks, we love you too.
> >We live in a finite
> >world surface on which there is a fast growing population that
> >depends on burning fuels for its survival. We need to think of ways
> >to either curb population growth or use energy more efficiently. More
> >people mean more movement of people and that means providing
> >efficient means of transportation. I believe the existing means of
> >transportation will continue to serve for a long time. We need to
> >combine the existing veriety of transportation means with as many new
> >ideas that can come up. The car is here to stay. It will not be
> >elliminated. Using car sharing will reduce the number of cars in the
> >city, reduce necessary parking space allocation which can be ysed for
> >more housing in the city center, will redice the necessary paved
> >areas for roads etc.
> Ok, so worldwide, how effective has carpooling been in the reduction of
> energy use, congestion, and land use for parking?
> Carpooling is a plaster bandage trying to cover an amputated limb. For the
> inconvienence of having to arrange a ride with other people we reduce car
> use by a ratio of about 2:1. A proper public transit system outdoes this
> at least an order of magnitude.
> A carfree city, raises the reduction ratio to near infinity. And let's not
> forget the young, the old, and the rest who for one reason or the other
> can't drive. Nor, let us forget the other damage the car does to our
> Henning Mortensen
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