No encouragement for taking vehicles off crowded streets
hell, I'd like to walk to work everyday. Save money and earn a few carbon credits. But just check out how the municipal authorities and old habits let me do it. From home to office is just five kilometres, but there's the heat. So you need the airconditioned comfort of the car. And, of course, the prospect of being gored by an errant bull is not particularly inviting. Other hazards are ubiquitous. No pavement space and an uncanny resemblance to an obstacle course whenever you venture out. So we come full circle: why walk, just buy a car and turn on the gas. Four wheels are better than two legs.
Wrong assumption. For all reasons two legs might actually be the better option -- both social and altruistic. First, walking is more fuel-efficient -- that's a big plus given global oil prices. You might need to increase your fruit intake, but the carbon emissions are definitely going to go down. And there's the health angle of course. Dodging puddles makes for more agility -- that is almost proven. Getting out of the way of two-wheelers at split-second notice usually helps develop hand-eye coordination and speeds up the reflexes, the medical establishment vouchsafes. And, of course, walking to work does not entail the risk of being trapped in a burning vehicle without easy egress, even though the possibility of being run off the road is always real with sports utility vehicles taking over.
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