The War on Cars

There is a war against cars in America. Regulators want Americans out of cars and onto trains, buses, and bicycles. Why? Because of what cars represent — freedom. Automotive expert Lauren Fix (“The Car Coach”) explains.
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  1. Earl O'Neill
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    The first and best response is Brock Yates’ ‘The Decline and Fall of the American Automobile Industry’, 1983.

    The second is that car culture is not to be found in govt regs or corporate products, it’s in suburban garages and tuning shops, the gas station on the corner with the 1975 GT Falcon on the hoist. Renegades, all.

    There’s a laneway motorcycle workshop a few blocks away, I sit in my backyard at night and listen the two-stroke 250 race bike being tested at full throttle.

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  2. serene
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    True, cars and motorcycles represent more freedom than mass transportation such as buses or trains, but then don’t bicycles represent the highest freedom, even beyond horses? Once you’ve bought it, you don’t even need fuel other than what you put in your own body. China, once again, ahead of us in all the important ways.

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    • pkoning
      Posted August 1, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      Bicycles are nice if you’re in good physical condition and you only have to travel 10 miles or so. (100 miles if you’re in top athlete condition and have a lot of time.) It also helps if you live in a pretty flat area, and there isn’t snow on the ground.
      I don’t think this is a case of China being ahead. For one thing, China is poor. For another, they don’t like mobility; bicycles are nice because the people can’t move far from where the government put them.
      Science fiction writer Neil Smith had a great observation about transportation in his second novel, “The Venus belt”:

      “[the private automobile] takes you from exactly where you are to precisely where you want to go, whenever you want, in comfort, relative safety, and total privacy — at a hell of a lot less money per passenger mile than any BART or Metro system. Look it up: I’m right.”

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