Were Cars a Mistake?

From Nathan Heller in The New Yorker:

In America today, there are more cars than drivers. Yet our investment in these vehicles has yielded dubious returns. Since 1899, more than 3.6 million people have died in traffic accidents in the United States, and more than eighty million have been injured; pedestrian fatalities have risen in the past few years. The road has emerged as the setting for our most violent illustrations of systemic racism, combustion engines have helped create a climate crisis, and the quest for oil has led our soldiers into war.

I quite happily walk many places in town, and I'm going to start introducing my kids to public transit. We're also happily a single car family, which I often choose to leave at home to run my errands.

My next big personal purchase is going to be a new bicycle that can handle the gravel roads around here so I don't have to drive to my favourite hikes. Personal power all the way.

The rest of the article has some interesting thoughts about how cars have brought about the search and seizure laws we see today.