Velo Mondial hardly ever joins anti propaganda for cars. Giving sometimes attention to the negative effects of car driving however is approriate. We have often complained about the negative impacts of our car culture, but Chris Bruntlett, writing in Vancouver magazine Hush, goes
much further, calling them selfish, anti-social, unhealthy, and
destructive. He says that it is time to start treating cars as the 21st
century version of smoking; and picks up on Mikael Colville-Andersen's idea of warning labels for cars. with his own up-to-date designs. Bruntlett notes how wasteful and inefficient cars are:Let’s
face it: when someone gets into a car, they are entering a bubble. Not
just a physical bubble of metal and glass, but also a figurative one,
where all logic and reasoning is barred from entering. They seem
oblivious to the simple truth that the motor vehicle is the most
inefficient mode of transportation ever devised. Without thinking, they
squander millions of years of stored solar energy to haul around two
tons of metal, fibreglass, machinery, and electronics, along with their
meager frame. This machine demands a colossal amount of space: 300
square feet when parked, and 3,000 square feet when moving at 50 km/hr.
As a result, we carelessly hand over vast chunks of our public realm to
the parasitic automobile; space that could be put to much better use. Read on in Treehugger.