I’m informed that people are concerned about fuel prices.  As a nation, we are concerned about rising obesity.  We spend far too much time stuck in traffic jams.  We spend a fortune on road repairs but they’re still falling to bits. Our carbon footprint continues to rise.  We worry about pollution.

Can I suggest a single solution to all these problems?

Use. Cars. Less.

If http://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/factsheet_ltp3_research.pdf is to be believed, then 20% of car journeys are less than a mile.  Do you know how long it takes to walk a mile?  Twenty minutes, at a steady pace.  Fifteen if you try.  Thirty if you dawdle.

By all means use your car to get half a mile to the paper shop.  But if you do, don’t go whining about any of the things in the opening paragraph.  It’s your own bloody fault.