Sunday, April 3, 2011

UK Commission discovers that car culture is unfair to the poor - duh!

Great New Resource for the Carfree Movement: "Not only do vulnerable groups travel less than other people, they carry a greater burden of the costs of other people’s travel. In other words they are both ‘less travelled’ and ‘travelled-upon’. The impacts they experience can be severe: chronic air pollution and noise, traffic danger, higher rates of injury and crime.

Road traffic is responsible for the great majority of these impacts. The UK is one of the most car-dependent countries in Europe. The distance travelled on our roads has increased tenfold since 1950. Many services are now based on the assumption that users will access them by car. People who do not drive or cannot afford to drive find themselves increasingly trapped in a car-dependent world, unable to participate in the benefits, but forced to endure its costs."

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