Comment 30668

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted April 30, 2009 at 18:20:56

LL >> the wealthier Chinese cities are already choked with cars

If road travel was not free, then traffic could be eliminated. Traffic jams only occur when there is too much demand relative to supply. Thank the government for that, not the automobile.

>> China is not a very free place compared to Holland or Denmark, where cycling is growing dramatically

China is in the process of becoming more free every day, at least economically, if not politically. Denmark is free politically, but government spending comprises 51.5% of overall output, hardly a bastion of freedom.

>> I want the utility of travel without the degradation of my surroundings.

What surroundings are being degraded? I used to live in a very rural part of the province and I almost never saw any wildlife at all. When I moved to the Scarborough bluffs, I saw coyotes, all manner of strange looking rodents, big and small and deer. How do you explain that?

>> I don't want to have car ownership mandated by some totalitarian industrial regime that's reflected in poor urban planning.

Oh the humanity, the government is forcing me to own a car! Maybe they'll force me to own a big house as well, bastards!

>> I think the embrace of bicycles by northern Europe is precisely because of their technological advanced stage.

I think it has more to do with their $9.31 a gallon gas (Denmark).

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