MESSAGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF DRIVERS

The Boomers are turning sixty. We’re the largest population block in the country. We’ll never admit we’re getting older. To give up our driver’s license is death. There’s a good likelihood that we will live to be 100 so you can expect to see us on the roads for a long time yet to come. Develop patience, you’re going to need it. Driven in Florida lately? Well that’s how the whole country is going to be. Learn to live with driving at 20 miles lower than the speed limit. Plan on taking a lot longer to get places. Turn signals will be irrelevant. Turning lanes of no consequence. Phantom...

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CREATING DEMAND

Currently much of the effort to change transportation is directed at creating or increasing alternative modes. While I applaud and welcome these efforts, the deeper issue is to create the demand for non-car transportation. We seem to believe that just adding bus lines will make people suddenly want to ride the bus. Simply putting alternative modes in place is not enough. In fact, such isolated non demand based projects may be counter productive as these projects through their inappropriateness will only serve to reinforce the mind set of those who say, “People will never give up their cars.”...

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THE HARLEY IN THE TRUNK

In 1972, I was hitchhiking south to Florida and got a ride in a Caddy with two guys who seemed a little down and out. The car was definitely on its last legs. The engine was rough and rust had eaten away significant chunks of the car. Talking with them I was surprised at how nonchalant they were about their car’s reliability especially when the window next to me suddenly cracked all by itself. Feeling like the car was about to collapse in on itself, I asked them if they weren’t concerned that the car would leave them stranded? “ No problem, Man” they said, “ We’ll just ditch her. We got a...

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Swords into plowshares, Cars into sculpture

“We have met the enemy and he is us”–Pogo Somewhere along the way to “living the good life”, I realized that something wasn’t right. We lived in a solar and wind powered house, composted our waste, and reduced, reused and recycled. Yet disturbing facts about the connections between the machine siting in our driveway and our atmosphere, our water, our planet were emerging. I became involved in the referendum to stop widening the highway in Maine (which won, but in the long run lost—the highway was widened). As I learned more about cars and the structures that surround them it...

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