It’s August and silly season, so let me take the pause in the mad rush to comment on something obvious that might be hiding in plain sight.
With the exception of holiday hotspots, parts of the country that are normally congested with traffic (e.g. the roads around major metropolitan areas) are now so easily with vehicles.
And it got me imagining how nice it would be if such a scenario could be the future for all of us.
So please let me think about it a little more this beautiful August. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have ways and means of getting to work, school or wherever without always having to use a car just to transport one or two people?
Yes, I know there is carpooling that helps reduce congestion, but we obviously need a lot more of that connected thinking.
Imagine not having to use a car to commute at all? That doesn’t mean you give up on it — it just means you use it more sparingly and positively.
It may sound like a dream created by the sun, and totally unrealistic for so many people, but it really is the kind of end goal we need so that we can individually and collectively envision a car-free life for every occasion.
I know this is a dream on my part.
And I know that public transport is a dirty word for most people. I also know that the government would say that they are aiming for such a goal in their climate protection plans.
The cynic in me calls that ambitious in normal times. But just there for a minute, after driving through a Dublin suburb with barely a car in sight, I got a real sense of how much better our lives could be.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-talk/for-a-moment-i-had-a-glimpse-of-what-the-future-could-hold-for-us-all-41910543.html For a moment I had a glimpse of what the future might hold for all of us