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.