Ten reasons why reducing automobile dependency makes sense


By Greg Vann, Reviewanew

Like many places throughout the world, Australian cities’ transport systems are dominated by the private car. The car has offered unprecedented flexibility and reach in our personal mobility and dominated the form and lifestyles in cities since the mid 20th century. They can be convenient and versatile and fast, and now account for about 90 per cent of the total urban passenger movements (up from around 40 per cent in the late 1940s). In Australia there are about 17m cars. Worldwide, we are up there in terms of cars per capita at around 7 cars for every 10 people.
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[B' Spokes: Just major headings.]

1. Public health
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2. Land consumption.
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3. Environmental impacts.
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4. Urban design.
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5. Public safety,
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6. Budget impacts
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7. Driving affects us psychologically.
We can become quite anti-social, judgemental, and mean when we drive.
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8. Cars are a strain on many household budgets.
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9. Cars are the main cause of congestion.
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10. The dream does not match the reality.
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http://reviewanew.com/2014/04/26/ten-reasons-why-reducing-automobile-dependency-makes-sense/

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/bb_nutrition/ ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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