People Don’t Want to Drive

Here’s something that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone: my generation doesn’t want to drive. That article presents a somewhat cheeky argument about how one way to reduced texting and driving is to eliminate the driving. But the point being made is valid, and rings true to my own (admittedly anecdotal) experience.

The alternative to driving, of course is public transportation, walking and biking. I dream of a day when that’s all I use. But as that article points out, the U.S. lags way behind other parts of the world when it comes to public transit. I think it’s safe to add that the West — including Provo — also lags significantly behind even other parts of our own country.

My point in writing this post, however, is merely to show that the demand for car-oriented cities is falling while the demand for public transit is rising. Everything that I’ve read projects that this trend will continue, so the only real question is if our transit infrastructure — and our willingness to invest in it — can keep up.

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2 responses to “People Don’t Want to Drive

  1. As far as economic law goes, a subsidy creates an excess of whatever is subsidized. In this case, roads are a subsidy given to the automobile industry.

    While many people would prefer alternative means of transportation, we are locked in an almost out-dated system of subsidized sprawl. Because of this, not driving is not a choice for most of us with long commutes to work. And unfortunately, demand is not readily taken into account in governmental enterprises.

    But three cheers for raising the issue.

  2. Agree. I myself drive much more than I would like as a result of work, which I wish wasn’t the case. But the way you describe roads as a subsidy to the auto industry makes me think you’re in favor of not providing that subsidy. So what’s the alternative? No gov’t funding for infrastructure? That doesn’t really seem viable to me.

    Also, I have a couple of posts about sprawl in the pipe lines, and I couldn’t agree more about it being outdated.

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