If car culture is fading, then why do we need a congestion tax?
We see all these trends that promote bicycling, walking, and public transportation over driving. So do we proudly declare victory and the beginning of the end of "car culture"? Or do we wake up from our dreams and realize that for most of these trends, the main purpose is to discourage people from driving in order to reduce automobile traffic congestion?
If car culture is really on its way out, then where is all this traffic coming from?
I had to ask that question when I saw this in Commute by Bike:
Nissan exec: “Car culture is fading”
"Here’s an interesting article from CNN. Thomas Lane is in charge of strategy and product planning for Nissan Motors in Japan. While car ads continue to push the idea that driving is pure pleasure that’s often done on open roads in pristine wilderness, commuters around the world and in America are finding that car ownership is expensive, time consuming and not much fun.
"Lane points to global trends that discourage automobile use: congestion pricing in city centers and young people who’d rather spend their money on electronic gadgets rather than car stuff, with many people switching to mass transit for everyday transportation and rentals or car sharing for longer trips.
"Read more at CNN Money. Props to Bike Portland, where there’s more commentary on this trend."
You don't have to answer; I just think we can't get too excited yet that The Future!(TM) of so-called alternative transportation has finally arrived.
In other news, here's my new taillight configuration, Blackburn Mars 3.0 x2:
They're at slightly different angles owing to simple gravity,* and if you look closely you can see that the one on the right is an LED short. Hence the new one on the left. But two (well, 1.8) are better than one, right?
*Actually, gravity isn't simple at all, but we can pretend it is for our purposes.