Comment 1073

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 25, 2006 at 07:08:52

Dear Dumb Post,

You make an excellent point regarding "market conditions". As it stands, all kinds of public subsidies exist to encourage driving over other modes, including "free" streets and highways, "free" parking at most destinations, "free" air pollution, and "free" massive military investments in protecting and subsidizing global petroleum assets.

The main premise of the Suburbia Project, of which this article is a part, is that with global oil production going into decline, it will no longer be possible to maintain the easy motoring infrastructure that has produced car-dependent suburban development.

What's not "feasible" is the notion that we can go on driving our cars in perpetuity. The point of this article is that bicycles are cheap, reliable, and extremely fuel efficient, and can form an important part of a post-cheap oil transportation arrangement.

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