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Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-Addicted Cultureby Lynn Sloman
Synopses & Reviews
The twenty-first century is gridlocked. Mass motorisation has ruptured community ties, bankrupted a nation of family shops, and bred a nation of obese children and adults. Politicians stumble from one transport crisis to the next.
Lynn Sloman proposes a novel way forward—not through the big-bang civil engineering projects, but by getting people to think about their choices, rather than reaching for their car keys.
She shows how de-motorisation works: in place of traffic, it offers neighbourly streets and vibrant city centres. Copenhagen's decision to create pedestrian streets in the city center has made it an outdoor theatre, filled with celebration and spectacle even in winter. From small towns like Langenlois in Austria, to the centre of London, de-motorisation is transforming urban surroundings. We do not need to get rid of cars altogether. What we do need is to change the way we think about travel.
Car Sick is a passionate, well-argued case for moving away from a car-centered to a people-centered society.
A radical proposal to break the car habit and create a society based round people, not cars. The twenty-first century is gridlocked. Mass motorisation has ruptured community ties, bankrupted a nation of family shops, and bred a nation of obese children and adults. Politicians stumble from one transport crisis to the next.
Table of Contents
Cars—the ultimate mixed blessing
Why the political system can't tackle transport
Soft, small, stubborn: principles of de-motorisation
De-motorising the rush hour: some soft solutions
Better public transport, or why buses run around empty
Cycling: stripping off the spandex
De-motorising planning, or whose idea was it to drive there anyway?
Civic space reclaimed: the dawn of the de-motorised city
How much traffic can we get rid of?
What does the future hold?
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