Car Ownership in Rural Areas

"More walking and cycling routes have been created so we can get around where we live, shop and go to school without needing to get in a car" More needs to be said in the story about how far this vision includes rural areas. Rural communities being linked by a wide network of narrow, winding, unlit, often steep lanes (B roads if we're lucky,) walking and cycling between them are relatively high risk options even for fit residents in good weather. To give the impression that by 2030 we can just magic ourselves round these rural issues, thereby throwing open access to "Nature" and "The Landscape" is at best misleading and, at worst, nonsense.

Of course, walking and cycling routes can be created - but do we honestly believe we will be able to afford the scale of purchase and construction that would be necessary to bring this story to life as currently writ? I think not. 

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In its present form - stating that "More walking and cycling routes have been created so we can get around where we live, shop and go to school without needing to get in a car" - the story is not sufficiently clear in explaining how far the netowrk of envisioned walking/cycling routes will be delivered in rural areas and spread out beyond the city.

by DavidOrme on January 07, 2021 at 08:58PM

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