In a car-free city…
Mei Ban Fa!!
We’re closer to living on Mars than living in a car free city in Taiwan.
Regarding your second statement, I certainly agree with you!
In a way, it’s very sad: it reflects the warped sense of priorities that our society has!
There may soon be intelligent life on Mars, but it’s still doubtful if there is any on Earth!!
Still, You Ban Fa!
I never said it would be easy nor that it could happen overnight. The Mars project, if successful would have been 20 years in the making. The Apollo project (Moon landing project) took a full 10 years of dedicated commitment by the US government.
We have to start somewhere! Why not start in this very thread?? Raise awareness about the issues! More importantly, as I said in my first post, raise awareness about the solutions!!
Is a taxi not a car? What difference does it make if I drop my car at the city limits(or don’t buy one at all) and then hire another car, with driver?
I honestly hate driving, but with a child and limited public transportation, I simply have to.[/quote]
I refer you to Finley’s answer. His answer is spot on and covers many important points. He spoke much more eloquently than I would have.
In addition to what he said, I would add:
- First, I spoke of occasional use of the taxi, not as a full time replacement for a car. For everyday use, public transportation should suffice. But when you have an odd trip to make to a place far from any bus stop, then a taxi can be a welcome alternative to owning a car full-time (will all the worries that that entails: parking, maintenance, fear of theft…).
-Secondly, I see the use of taxis only as an intermediary solution, between the deplorable situation that we have now and the ideal car-free society. It would be when the public transportation would start to be good enough and the ownership of a car inconvenient and expensive enough that more and more people would be willing to forego owning a private vehicle, but also a time when the occasional taxi would be, as I said, a welcome relief for some odd trips.
-Thirdly, there is a huge psychological difference between taking a taxi and taking one’s car. If you take your car because “you might need to take the taxi anyway”, there there is 100% chances you’ll end up using the car for every single trip. If you don’t own a car and rely on the occasional taxis, you’ll end up taking most of your trips by bus.
Having said that, I am not speaking about today. I hear that in Taipei, more and more people give up their cars to take the MRT, because it’s more convenient that way. That’s a small step in the right direction. But depending on where you live and your daily activities, there may not be an alternative to owning a car, at least not today.