Car sick: solutions for our car-addicted culture
Lynn Sloman’s book Car Sick is a passionate, well-argued case for moving away from a car-centred to a people-centred society.
By documenting where change has already been achieved it shows how it is possible to change our travel behaviour.
The twenty-first century is gridlocked. Mass motorisation has ruptured community ties, bankrupted tens of thousands of family shops, and bred a nation of obese children and adults. Politicians stumble from one transport crisis to the next.
Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture proposes a novel way forward – not through ‘big-bang’ civil engineering projects, but by getting people to think about their choices, rather than reaching for their car-keys. It shows how de-motorisation works: in place of traffic, it offers neighbourly streets and vibrant city centres. From small towns like Winterthur in Switzerland to the centre of London, de-motorisation is transforming urban surroundings. Copenhagen’s decision to create pedestrian streets in the city centre has made it an outdoor theatre, filled with celebration and spectacle, even in winter. We do not need to get rid of cars altogether. What we do need to do is to change the way we think about travel.