Why do 86-year-olds drive? Because most of their life in America has been tied to automobile dependency.
This mother's editorial in the Chicago Tribune reminds me of another reason to support funding for public transportation. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, I fear we may see more preventable tragedies on our roadways.
PARK(ing) Day is coming this Friday, September 17th to cities around the world who are united in reclaiming public space for people (and not cars!). Chicago has its share of events going on. Stroll or roll by one of these installments on Friday and exercise your right to relax in reclaimed park(ing) space:
On April 20, 2010, one of approximately 4,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico failed, killing 11 humans and disastrously polluting a body of water that is geographically about the size of the Midwest and ecologically as vast and important as a national park. Oil pollution from this disaster is changing the course of life in and around the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines for this generation and beyond.
See: IL HB0043: http://tinyurl.com/pedsrock
Thanks to House Representative Luis Arroyo and other members of General Assembly, Illinois now joins 11 other states in support of human rights in the public roadways.
No longer will motorists be legally allowed to trump pedestrians who attempt to cross in a crosswalk. The automobile rein of the road is eroding.
There are people in this city who believe, in spite of an abundance of opposing evidence and logic, that cars belong. They are dead wrong.
ANSWER Chicago ("Act Now to Stop War and End Racism") is a generally progressive group that has been one of the main organizers of anti-war and pro-immigrant demonstrations in Chicago in the last few years. They unfortunately have become yet another example of accidental and misguided pro-car activism. Recently, they opined on the issues of parking and parking rates:
Today, the date the General Motors bankruptcy was announced, Michael Moore released letter entitled "Goodbye, GM ...by Michael Moore". In the letter, he recognizes the problem the private automobile is having on our society. Micheal Moore says of cars: "To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet." He then editorializes on his suggested changes to national policy on in the wake of the event.