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View Diary: The intersection of health, transportation and climate change (32 comments)

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  •  On top of all that, you'll really appreciate (7+ / 0-)

    public transportation when you have elderly relatives that shouldn't drive, or shouldn't drive long distances.

    Or barring that, when you're that elderly or temporarily disabled person.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 11:30:07 PM PDT

    •  That is huge. (7+ / 0-)

      Plus...you really appreciate public transportation and real walking and biking infrastructure when you're that young person, too young to drive, but without real options, when roads and communities are built for:

      cars, not people...
      No wonder the car becomes the symbol of freedom: real enough when mobility requires cars, when there's no other way of getting around.

      But hardly a tool of freedom, hardly a tool of liberty and justice for all.

      Young people have their freedom of movement thwarted by lack of active transportation infrastructure. Meanwhile, the car society kills them directly:

      Cars are the number one killer of Vermonters and Americans between ages 5 – 35
      The University of Vermont Transportation Research Center estimates that out of a Vermont population of 626,000:
      We estimate that approximately 92,000 Vermonters over 16 years old (approximately 15 % of the total population), do not have full time vehicle [car] access. This portion of the population would presumably benefit from a diverse set of transportation options, including bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and well developed public transit and car pool programs. This estimate does not include Vermonters younger than 16 years of age, who presumably also have transportation needs, nor does it account for those people who may have a vehicle but lack the resources to purchase fuel, or those individuals with a vehicle in a state of disrepair.
      It's like the diarist said: transportation is a human rights and social justice issue because climate change, health, and freedom of movement are social justice issues.

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