Broken hearted cities -Why driving is the new smoking

A city roadway heat map with an impression of a human heart in the centre. Electric bolts surround the heart.
A city roadway heat map with an impression of a human heart in the centre. Electric bolts surround the heart.
Too many cars are giving our cities (and people) heart attacks around the world.
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Harmful product nonchalance. Left: Smoking in flight. Right: Cars and kids.
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Left: Open heart surgery. Right: Open city surgery — aerial photograph of the destruction of downtown Wellington to make way for the urban motorway. Alexander Turnbull Library. August 1969.
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The harmfulness of driving

Consumer harm

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From a comparison of active transport scenarios with previously modelled tobacco interventions. From Potential of active transport to improve health, reduce healthcare costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions: A modelling study by Dr Anja Mizdrak, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington

Addiction

Projected harm

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Inconsiderate jerk! © Andy Singer
‘but smoking is a recreational product, it’s totally different’
‘but smoking is a recreational product, it’s totally different’
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Total annual deaths — comparing smoking and driving and divided by user harm and projected harm. The absolute total number of deaths from secondhand smoking is less than from projected harm from driving. Deaths related to climate change attributable to driving are rather small at this time, but this could become a large contributor if unmitigated.
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Annual global deaths relative percentages — comparing proportions of causes of deaths between smoking and driving. The projected harm from driving is over half the total. Secondhand smoking was a significant motivator in choosing to reduce smoking rates — especially in public. What amount of projected harm from driving is needed until we feel the same urgency?

The health of cities

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Dividing cities into sections. © Andy Singer
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Profit before everything

Political dependency

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Urging people NOT to consume is political. © Andy Singer

Economic dependency

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The advertising dilemma

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Car emissions cause fatal lung diseases. Pic: Copenhagenize.com

Junk mobility

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Anti-social effects

Success & status

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Successful man. Unsuccessful man. © Andy Singer

Petro-masculinity

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Gaslighting and peer pressure

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What to do about it

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Summary

Driving is hurting us.
Driving is hurting us.
Driving is the new smoking.
Driving is the new smoking.

Passionate about healthy streets and cities for people. On Twitter as @AxleRyde

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