The inhumanity of car dependency

A mother attaches a sign to her son getting ready to ride his bicycle. It reads: ‘Please Mr Motorist. Watch out for me?’
Please Mr Motorist watch out for me? 1937

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Cars & kids don’t mix

A common refrain you may hear from new parents: ‘Now that we’ve got a kid we had to get a car’.

Driving is anti-social

When you encase yourself in a car it is hard not to distance yourself from the world. To exclude others. Sadly, that’s also what a lot of people like about them. They are isolation chambers.

Dehumanising ‘others’

A recent study out of Monash University has found that more than 50% of motorists think ‘cyclists’ are not completely human. This is just the latest recognition of a widespread marginalisation and out-grouping of non-motorists.

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A painted on-road bike lane with the text ’LAME’ instead of lane.
A painted on-road bike lane with the text ’LAME’ instead of lane.
An on-road painted bike ‘lame’.
Variety of transport options across a city scape — including a ferry, rail, trams, buses, cars, cycling, walking, scootering.
Variety of transport options across a city scape — including a ferry, rail, trams, buses, cars, cycling, walking, scootering.
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An on-road bike lane gap between parked cars and a passing buss with the caption: Insert loved one here
An on-road bike lane gap between parked cars and a passing buss with the caption: Insert loved one here
The doorzone along Island Bay Parade before a kerbside cycleway was built.

Cars are just plain old hard work

Owning and using cars really isn’t as easy as the marketing promises. Cars require a surprising amount of work to make them seem convenient.

  • gain driving skills
  • licence your driving ability
  • buy a car (becoming less required, slowly)
  • licence your car
  • register your car
  • insure your car and your driving
  • fuel your car
  • maintain your car
  • wash your car (you don’t have to do this one — but if you don’t you may be frowned upon)
  • clean your car (the inside version of the point above)
  • store your car (and often pay a lot for this) wherever you go
  • Store your car where you live
  • pay all the speeding and parking fines
  • try to not kill anyone
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