"Why Cul-de-Sacs Are Bad for Your Health"

Interesting story even if it has a linkbaity kinda of headline. My problem is with the first paragraph:

Of every 100 American commuters, five take public transit, three walk, and only one rides a bicycle to work or school. If walking and cycling are so pleasurable, why don’t more people choose to cycle or walk to work?

I reject his premise of “If walking and cycling are so pleasurable…” Walking and biking for pleasure is pleasurable. Walking or biking in shitty weather or road conditions is definitely not pleasurable.

And most people don’t live anywhere near where they work. Or at least, they don’t work within walking or biking distance. He also ignores the fact biking can be extraordinarily dangerous, not to mention sweat inducing and time consuming.

He goes on to say:

Why do we avoid public transit?

Seriously? Has the author ever used public transit in any major city? I’ve recently moved back to the Vancouver, BC area and while transit is adequate, it sure as hell isn’t convenient. I live in the suburbs and had a downtown meeting yesterday. I left the house at 9:30am and got home at 3:30pm – that’s a six hour day for a one hour meeting. For the distance I travelled, it cost $11.00 in bus fare. No one will convince me that, as a one time thing, a car wouldn’t have been more efficient.

All that leaves aside the comfort and privacy reasons why people take cars. I was on five different buses and trains yesterday, half the time standing and at least a quarter of the time forced to be in close proximity with people who can charitably be described as “aromatic”.

We have also found out that the transit system doesn’t serve our neighbourhood after about 9pm each evening.

We’re saving up for a car, planet be damned.

But he does make a good, if useless point, that our cities are poorly designed.

“Why Cul-de-Sacs Are Bad for Your Health”

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  1. Public transit is necessary, especially considering that more and more people are living and working in or near bigger cities than they used to. But public transit is also very vulnerable to lobbyists who are paid handsomely to advocate on behalf of auto manufacturers. Suggesting that every worker should commute in their own vehicle is careless idiocy. But it is also profitable.

    That big cities have functional train or bus service at all is a testament to urban planners of a previous century who were expressing pride in the expansion of their cities, in a manner they knew was necessary. That big cities have not kept pace with increasing populations by improving their train or bus service appropriately is a testament to short-sighted, crony politics.

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