Diane Trout (alienghic) wrote,
Diane Trout

Reading CARtoons

So I was reading through some of the materials I got in my car busters packet. a couple of quote stuck out

"It takes two lanes of a given size to move 40,000 people across a bridge in one hour by using modern trains, four to move them by buses, twelve to move them in their cars and only one lane for them to pedal across on bicycles" - Ivan Illich, "Energy and Equity" 1973

"In the US motorists kill and maim nearly 400 million animals per year--more than hunters and experimenters combined! Only meat eaters take a larger toll. Worse of all the killers, cars are the most indiscriminate. Along with deer and countless other common animals movotr vehicles also kill many endangered species. Florida's panthers, and northern Idaho and souther British Colombia's endangered caribou have all been devastated by cars" CARtoons, pg 34, (quoting Matthew Braustein, 'Driving Animals to Their graves." Auto-Free times. Spring 1996 pp 12-13, based on Huane Society studies in the 1950s and 1970s showing that over a million animals die each day on US roads, inc. mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians)

"A 1995 British study found that children are as dependent on cars as their parents, with 90% of girls and 75% of boys saying they would find it difficult to adjust their lifestyles without a car...By the time children reach age 13 it is too late, the children having been already absorbed into the car culture" Sina Arnold and Domenica Settle, "Hooked on Cars: Driving as Addiction in Car Busters magazine no 7, winter 1999-2000

No wonder it's so hard to get people to admit the downsides to cars, they're unable to imagine how they could live without one.

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