The anti-car sentiment seems to really be picking up as of late. It could be bias on my part due to confirmation and exposure. However, I’ve been anti-car, biking in the city, and paying attention to this topic for about a decade now, and things are definitely heating up. I think the conversation has appeared in more than one thread here, so let’s give it its own home and start off with the kind of content that
So far 17 people have been killed by cars while biking in NYC in 2019. That’s already 7 more than all of 2018. Two of them just yesterday This is probably the biggest reason the conversation is heating up. More deaths per unit time means people are more consistently active, angry, and motivated.
Turns out that cars are just another Citgo sign situation. Change is what people hate. If you take away their cars they’ll be mad. But if you take the cars away, people will also be mad and not want you to bring them back.