Posts about Politics
I grew up thinking of car crashes as a normal part of life. It was the quintessential "necessary evil" of life; something bad that we all accept because it's necessary for life to function.
Recently I've gotten into the urbanism community and I've learned that vehicle deaths can be prevented in most cases. Car travel can be greatly reduced in many circumstances, especially in the city, by replacement with bikes and trains and buses, and by creating walkable streets with destinations at the ground level. Fewer cars allows for smaller intersections, more roundabouts, and fewer lanes. Alternatives to driving allows for drunk and impaired people to transport themselves without getting behind the wheel. Fewer cars also mean less pollution, which is itself a big health hazard in cities, as well as to the environment.
Strong towns has some great articles about street design.
We talk a lot about human rights violations in this sub, but I don't hear much about vehicle deaths. It's one of the biggest killers, and is largely preventable with currently existing technology. It has strong racial and class implications. How important is it to you?