Real freedom: from the car, not with the car

Efforts to persuade people to drive less must address the personal as well as the collective benefits of reduced car use, writes John Dales

John Dales
05 October 2021
How We Live Now, UK. If we are to live differently, and we must try, we have to engage with this reality.
How We Live Now, UK. If we are to live differently, and we must try, we have to engage with this reality.
 

I’m writing this on 22 September, which is (as you may know) World Car Free Day (WCFD), an initiative I heartily support. I mention it by way of returning to the issue I raised in my last piece (LTT 23 July) concerning public messaging around the pressing need for less driving, and I start this time by reflecting on the very phrase ‘Car Free’.

A quick look at what some of those promoting WCFD say about it is quite illuminating. The Washington DC organisers say it has...

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John Dales

John Dales

John Dales MSC BSC MCIHT CMILT Director, Urban Mov

John Dales is a streets design adviser to local authorities around the UK, a member of several design review panels, and one of the London mayor’s design advocates. He is a past chair of the Transport Planning Society, a former trustee of Living Streets, and a committee member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. He is director of transport planning and street design consultancy Urban Movement. 

 

j.dales@urbanmovement.co.uk
+44 (0)7768 377 150
www.johndales.com

 

 
 
 

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