Memorials at the site of a crash north of Wellington, New Zealand where Gary Smith, Craig Hempopo, and Raumoa Tamoa died in July 2001.

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Driving worsens walking

Before cars, most people walked for a majority of journeys in cities. Some used horses, some bikes, and there were some trams and trains in larger cities. This was a big problem for car manufacturers because people riding and walking everywhere meant there was little clear space for their products to exploit their primary value proposition: getting around ‘fast’.

Wait! Do not cross
Electric car charging station. Wellington, New Zealand.
A white van parks completely across a footpath.
A white van parks completely across a footpath.
Heck! Hek Tiling — did you HAVE to park there?

Cars kill cities

A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation. Enrique Peñalosa

Cars pervert land use

Public parking nestled between a hospital and school in Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand.
A visual showing the amount of public space used by different road user types, and how much in Copenhagen.
A visual showing the amount of public space used by different road user types, and how much in Copenhagen.
Allocation of space by mode in Copenhagen. From ‘Copenhagenize: The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism’ by Mikael Colville-Andersen

Car dependency compromises civics

A sign at a protest says ‘Zero carbon emissions now’.
Schools Strike for Climate march in Wellington, New Zealand.

The language of car blindness

Even much everyday, common language normalises car culture.

Crash not accident
Via crashnotaccident.com
Daily highest average wind speed (not gusts) in Wellington, NZ for May 2019 — Steve Maggs, ClimatePoint
Daily rainfall levels in Wellington, NZ for May 2019 — Steve Maggs, ClimatePoint

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