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Undo

The Daily Prompt

What would you undo?

Simple.

The motor car.

It’s one of the many dreadful inventions whose legacy is negative. Petrol emissions, the pollution.

The car creates a need. Oil excavation in the poles is the end result. Then the roads that go with it. And the deaths on those roads. Careless driving. Drunken driving.

Juggernauts vehicles, traffic jams. Hurriedness, rushing to get places and impatience are all In there.

Fumes and speed and boy racers. Jealousy and resentment Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson. All these ills might be lessened would there were no cars.

Chelsea tractors, SUVs, more expensive less practical, more flashy, less economical. People carriers with lots of seats.

School runs. Less walking. Obesity. Disconnecting with each other due to lack of human contact inside those steel boxes.

Driving while phoning. Without due care and attention. Crimes of speed.

All part of the car’s ugly legacy.

(The photo is a bike with a cover to keep the rain off which is streamlined what a great alternative.)

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17 comments on “Undo

  1. Debra
    February 19, 2015

    And on this side of hte Atlantic a hellish urban sprawl …

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    • lizard100
      February 19, 2015

      Exactly but even in the UK local amenities are few and far between and not easy to get to.

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  2. solarbeez
    February 19, 2015

    I agree, but I like using it to visit the grand kids which is what I mention every time my wife says she hates cars. In our small town we can get around by using a bicycle. If it’s raining, we’ll go later. Last year we achieved 50% car-free days. This year we’re up to 65%. I wish more people would bicycle. It’s good to exercise and doesn’t pollute. A definite win win.

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    • lizard100
      February 19, 2015

      I should’ve added that the way towns are set up often makes driving the only way to get around. Access to public transport is always difficult.

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  3. kiwidutch
    February 19, 2015

    We need to make green powered vehicles as quickly as possible !

    People want the convenience, safety and privacy of their own cars and I understand that completely so we need to rethink the entire process of people movement and invest in a completely different sort of transportation system.

    We need to use wind and solar everywhere we can to charge “energy stations” where electric or hydro cars can tank up quickly.There needs to be a way for “car” pods to take someone from their doorstep to their destination by for instance linking into a system where 95 % of the journey is automated and the driver can be hands free. They can work / sleep / eat breakfast in their pod and put the commute time to good use.

    An automated system where your pod just slots into the new automated road network and the GPS takes over, delivering you to your destination would give the possibility for eventual high speed hands free commuting…

    You can’t turn back the clock, human beings still need and want to travel, we just need to use our collective brains and find ways to do it better, quicker, safer, more efficiently and in a way that is either carbon neutral or even generating green energy.

    The answer is out there, we just need to find it.

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    • lizard100
      February 19, 2015

      This sounds like a really good solution! I appreciate the time you put in writing it. Joined up thinking is a really good idea.

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  4. Helen
    February 19, 2015

    You’re right about town design… Where I live I could go to my local Tesco Express (approx 20 minute round trip on foot), which is not too bad except that I don’t wish to shop there. So, if I want to go somewhere else you’re talking an hour if you walk. I could of course cycle, although my daughter doesn’t yet know how to and is too young to be left by herself.

    Apart from aspects like pollution, I agree with the isolation the car causes. Amazing how many of your neighbours you bump into when you’re not driving 🙂

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    • lizard100
      February 19, 2015

      It’s very frustrating.

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      • Helen
        February 19, 2015

        Yes, it is… And there is little will at government level to do anything constructive about it. I’m now a member of my local transport group but we have no real teeth :-s

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      • lizard100
        February 19, 2015

        Politicians see environmental issues as vote losers. How stupid is that. Short sighted.

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      • Helen
        February 19, 2015

        Very short-sighted… Though to be honest, it might also be because of the money they get from car manufacturers and the like.

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      • lizard100
        February 19, 2015

        Also true and worrying.

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  5. BerLinda
    February 19, 2015

    Sorry, but I like Top Gear, even though I know nothing about cars!

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  6. faeriembassy
    February 20, 2015

    the car is at once a marvellous invention and our bane. we have talked this summer about who is better off those in inner city environs where cars are not needed and they can access good quality organic produce or those of us that live in the country self sufficient with water and power … I need my car here living 20 mins from the nearest village and an hour from a bigger a town and then to access social culture community etc. what to do . my dad says electric -yes but that still relies on the grid which is fossil fuelled in this country… all I can offer in my defence is that I do not go out every day – that life revolves around here the home the forest the family and trips are shared or put off until one has to… not the answer I know but we are all working to ‘ effecting the change and that comes about in a myriad ways…
    sandra

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