by Lynne Sloman - £10.95 Green Books (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781903998762 | ISBN 10: 190399876x
The 21st century is gridlocked. Mass motorisation has ruptured community ties, bankrupted tens of thousands of family shops, and bred a nation of obese children and adults. Politicians stumble from one transport crisis to the next.
Lynn Sloman proposes a novel way forward - not through 'big-bang' civil engineering projects, but by getting people to think about their choices, rather than reaching for their car keys.
She shows how de-motorisation works: in place of traffic it offers neighbourly streets and vibrant city centres. From small towns like Winterthur in Switzerland to the centre of London, de-motorisation is transforming urban surroundings. Copenhagen's decision to create pedestrian streets in the city centre has made it an outdoor theatre, filled with celebration and spectacle, even in winter.
We do not need to get rid of cars altogether. What we need to do is to change the way we think about travel. This is a passionate, well-argued case for moving away from a car-centred to a people-centred society.
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