Comment 59258

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted February 04, 2011 at 08:16:05

If you want to properly understand just how embedded the automobile is to our culture, remember that for the past half-century (I'm being arbitrary in my frame of reference), while roughly 50,000 people have died on North American roads yearly, nobody's blinked. (Yes, the stats have improved, yes, people grieve, but no, there has been no cross-the-board hue and cry.)

To me, this typifies how this culture subconsciously 'values' vehicular use. And it also helps explain why changing our culture -as things stand presently, let's not apply the ramifications of 'Peak Oil' here- in small ways...such as considering and instituting a Cycling Master Plan...can seem as likely as a leopard changing its spots.

(Oh, and the same bizarre 'that's the cost of having that right' logic about traffic fatalities can be seen in deaths from firearms. Well, at least to the south of us...)

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2011-02-04 09:04:47

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