You Can’t Drive 35?

| 3/11/2008 5:16:51 PM

Old Timey CarHybrid cars be damned. Rather than focusing on making better vehicles, Glenn Lowcock argues in Green Futures that we should lower the speed limit to 35 mph. Everywhere. Going to the grocery store would become astronomically more expensive, since many goods would have to be trucked there at the same speed as the Pony Express. And it would take you longer to get there, too. But Lowcock argues that the hassle would be a good thing:

It would mean fewer people commuting by car (so less congestion for those close enough to do so), and more working from home. We’d get to spend more time where we actually live—rather than trying to get somewhere else. We’d turn again to the local schools, shops and community hospitals that we used to rely on.

Bennett Gordon

5/26/2014 3:27:17 PM

Not a world I would like to be forced to live in. I prefer to move at light speed. Like anything we must have choices to be healthy. There is a place for those who would prefer a slow pace and we have communities that do such. It must be realized that some segregation may be necessary in the political-religious future to prevent our species from a war to the knife.

Phil Brown_1
3/18/2008 2:38:59 PM

This "proposal" leaves me...flabbergasted. I can only speculate as to Mr. Lowcock's seriousness, but I detect nothing whimsical in his tone so I am left to assume that he intends to be taken seriously and I'll try to address his proposal as such. What percentage of people does Mr. Lowcock believe would support his proposal voluntarily and accept such dramatic and wholly artificial limits on their personal mobility? If he clings to the merest sliver of belief that a democratic majority might support his proposal then I would welcome the introduction of it into any legislative process...where I happen to believe that it would die a swift and unceremonious death. If, on the other hand, he is of the mind that his proposal would need to be forced upon an unwilling population -- which presumably would come to appreciate the "greater good" that had been done on its behalf -- then he will have exhausted my supply of bonhomie. I suppose it's nice to engage in fantastical speculation every now and then about how the world would be a better place if everyone else would just behave -- but that's not the way things work. End of story.

country mouse_2
3/18/2008 1:51:58 PM

is everyone history blind?? this local community dream is a social and economic nightmare. read your history books, see how women and men were forced into conformity by social pressures. how you were forced merchant monopolies (i.e. your grocer). lack of easy and quick travel reduces economic opportunity by restricting choices of schools and employers. you could move with every job change but those moves isolate one from community. the car has had a better effect on people's lives than you might think. freedom to travel make it possible to escape the vast majority of incompetent dr's grocers, employers, and others that plague out lives. Please read up on small town life and corroding effect it has on people's souls before espousing transportation restriction.

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