I know it seems unfathomable to a vast group of motorists out there but the roads we all use are not there to cater to the needs of cars solely. That's why I've been pleased by several articles that recently have been touting the shifting paradigm of what an urban environment should look like. After decades of our infrastructure, indeed our entire society, seemingly being subservient to the automobile, it is nice to see shift (albeit a small one) in the mindset of some folks who are involved with urban planning realizing that a more pedestrian and bike friendly "complete streets" model is the way to go.
You can still love your car for its convenience, as an engineering marvel, and even for the style, but none of these things negates the fact that the automobile, and all the poorly conceived urban planning that goes with it, has created an incredibly entitled mindset in car drivers and an environmental impact on the planet that is nearly inconceivable:
One disgruntled driver:
“There are all these zones where you can only drive 20 or 30 kilometers per hour [about 12 to 18 miles an hour], which is rather stressful,” Thomas Rickli, a consultant, said as he parked his Jaguar in a lot at the edge of town. “It’s useless.”More from, Across Europe, Irking Drivers is Urban Policy.