My opinion on that is that true carfree cities or
places are way ahead cities with cars, even if you
can live carfree in the latter, because the main thing
is to get rid of the stress, danger and pollution caused by the car use.
Life quality is seriously compromised
where there are too many cars, and where they are not
driven properly even if they are fewer in number.
The society has got to understand that it's not only
destroying the planet with their cars, but their life
quality and themselves as well.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Risemberg [mailto:rickrise@...]
> Sent: 29 octobre, 2001 10:05
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Car free, or pedestrian and bicycle
> friendly ?
> turpin@... wrote:
> > Deliberately making them expensive will put quite a
> > burden on the infirm, who will need them the most. Given
> > a choice between walking a couple of miles or taking a
> > bus or taxi, I will walk. But not everyone can.
> Well, it' seems a lot easier to my eye for someone on crutches or in a
> wheelchair to take the elevator down to a subway platform and roll
> directly onto a smooth-running train car than it is for them to maneuver
> into a standard car or taxi, or even a van (or bus) with a lift.
> Cheaper, too, and if there's sufficient service they won't have far to
> roll from station to destination.
Not only wheelchairs users benefit more of elevators
and slopes, than expensive lift to gas cars or car trailers.
Just think about maintenance devices such as
wheelbarrows, lawn mowers and snow blowers (I know they should be more
electric or human powered than gas powered in our carfree city), and the
variety of small to large carts or trailers used to pull or push loads.
There's going to be a wide range of two, three or four-
wheeled devices circulating around when cars will be dead. It's like
reinventing the wheel, but the wheel is going to be powered by humans, at
the speed of humans.
So yes, access ramps and elevators leading to trains,
metros, or other services, are way ahead devices to
haul a wheeled device onto a gas vehicle.
Hey, I convinced my father to push the lawnmower by hand on foot, directly
to the lot of his second property, instead of putting it in the car to go
there by car (what he used to do).