I grew up outside Detroit. I used to like to go to the car shows, We all once thought the Edsel was the car of the future.
Guess, we get burned out over the years. Cycling has been my stress reduction program. Turning against cars, think the commute up Temecula's Winchester Road, on way to work- just sours me of driving. Rude and crude- idiots- use words carefully here, so as not to add to censorship thread.
Ever bike adjacent to busy roads. you can hear comments of those frustrated by traffic. The expletives, most often caused by nothing; other than not being in the lead to the next red light. The auto cultue is nuts. I have just completed first chapter of "Asphalt Nation." Couple of issues like to see everyone's reaction.
* 80 million American's are prisoners to the "drive-fly-or-rot."syndrome. Every day we are worried will my car get me to work. Example- Houston Student 30 miles from school, put 78,000 miles on his truck( 2 1/2 years old), worn out and he has been nowhere. Marco Polo's travels were half the 78,000 miles.
** The Asphalt Nation has eradicated the public realm. The privacy of the car has " the call to community formed by an intimacy with one's surroundings and neighbors dwindles and civic values to fade." So why do the Amish refuse to use cars.
"The Amish believe that cars pull people apart, and that a car distorts its onwner's sense of self-importance in the world."
*** The car has encouraged standarization of our neighborhoods into the sterile "pit stop eatery" row, with its standarized foods accustomed to 'one hand eating.' Of course these foods have better consistency with lots of grease.
**** "The world through the windshield and the world through the television window alike isolate us from our surroudings," How much of modern culture is crap.???
***** I agree " The automobile culture has resulted in the ' degradation of the landscape and cityscape, the debasement of our environment and health, the erosion of our personal and national economy."
Yes, I resent those who want to deprive me of my tie to sanity, my cycling. Which is more rewarding. Connecting with my Saturday ride group or watching kiddie cartoons on TV. I take heed in the civil rights groups of the 60's. Try to Take away my right to cylce and you have a pretty militant cyclists here.