- Weatherproof travel
When I bought my car it was not because I needed it to travel to work, I lived where I worked but, once out of an urban environment where public transport was scarce, I wanted the freedom to go wherever I pleased, whenever I wanted during my leisure time. I was prepared to pay a hefty price for that convenience, all my savings and much of my disposable income.
It was worth every penny. I took to driving like a prisoner to freedom. I discovered unexpected delights. I could expand my private world from the confines of my room to the world outside because I had my own bubble of solitude. There I could blast my music, sing without, thankfully for others, being heard, bask in the sheer delight of being on my own while travelling to be with the people whose company I enjoyed.
I suspect many commuters chose to travel by car for similar reasons. Being stuck in traffic is the perfect time to be alone with our thoughts. For many it will be their only safe place in a busy day. A place for venting emotions, for indulging ones tastes in music, or being read to, or getting angry at radio talkback. If you want to know why people won’t give up their cars don’t look to time and motion studies, look to the emotional attachment people have to their cocoons.
Technology is advancing to make this personal space more fuel efficient, easier, safer, healthier and cheaper, despite the rising cost of petrol. That is the exciting future for cars. They are weatherproof; they transport goods, babies, sports equipment, shopping. They can take us a few or a hundred kilometres in less time than public transport or mopeds. They are versatile and we love them.
Talking about exercise and saving the planet as a means of forcing people to ‘get on their bikes’ will wash, I use the term not by way of cleanliness, with a few ‘grubbies’ (green, rich, urban, biking bullies) but even these activists have their ‘dirty little secret’ cars.
I’ve a message for them. Get over yourselves, get real and get out of my face. I don’t want to spend my extorted taxpayer and ratepayer funds to indulge your fantasies of a carless future that will never come.