It's Time To Let Go Of Commuter Culture - say the **car enthusiasts** |]

Headlines are quick hits from media outlets from Missouri and around the world. Follow the headline link for the full story. The source of this headline says:

Jonathan Leo loves his cars, but not commuting in them. He lives in San Diego and works for the Navy, so he takes the city’s trolley to work as often as he can. Then, on the weekends, he unloads his 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 on some of California’s best roads.

Cities across the world are re-examining the role of the automobile. More specifically, and especially among American cities, they’re trying to get more people to commute like Leo.

This is happening because, in many cases, policymakers have realized that they cannot continue to grow by adding more people who use cars as their sole transportation method, to say nothing of mitigating the never-ending gridlock and poor air quality that exists today. . . .

America once had a balanced transportation landscape, one with choice and some semblance of freedom through the 1940s—of course, transportation itself was racially segregated in much of the country during this time—until the federal government put nearly all its weight behind the automobile. . . .

The story of postwar America, as far as transportation is concerned, has been a complete loss of balance. It is the story of complete and total dedication to the automobile, followed by a woefully inadequate response from local, state, and federal governments that largely maintains what we now consider the status quo of highways, gridlock, an endless sea of red brake lights, and fear of change.

Therefore, we are in the situation we are in now, where car ownership is not a choice but, for nearly all Americans, a necessity. . . .

“Breaking car culture is not taking cars away from people,” he said. “It’s giving people safe, equitable, and dignified transportation alternatives...I don’t think our goal is that people who drive, we’re sort of aggressively taking away the things that they love or the things that they need. But instead, we’re actually giving them very genuine, safe, equitable options of getting around.”

MoBikeFed comment: This isn't a new story--in fact its the story we and our allies have been telling politicians and decision-makers for two and half decades.

It's not that we need to be anti-car--but that the balance in our country's decision-making process has been so highly tilted towards automobile-only priorities and funding that the balance has been lost, equity has been lost, and transportation choice has been lost.

The new story here, though, is hearing this from real car enthusiasts.

An interesting read.