I watched this documentary tonight, Sprawling From Grace, and it’s kind of scary. It amazes me how dependent we are on oil and cars. City planning is designed around the assumption that families have at least one car, and maybe more. Public transit is often little better than rudimentary, and not always reliable (at least it isn’t in the city I live). There’s literally an expectation that people will prefer to use a car for transportation.
I do not own a car. I do not have a license. I have never had a license to drive a car. I did, however, have a “Learner’s License” at one time (15 years ago, and I could only drive with someone who had a valid permit). I drove from Sweetgrass, MT, to the city limits of Calgary, AB, once. I promptly pulled-over at the first chance I got to let my friend take the wheel for city driving. I didn’t want to do it, and it freaked me out so bad I can recall the anxiety I felt then as I write this now. I have never been in an automobile accident.
I know that driving has never been something I ever wanted. Ever. Even when I was a teen, chomping at the bit for independence, I did not imagine myself having a car. I use the crappy bus when I have to, and a friend of mine takes me (via car) for my once-per-month mega-grocery trip, but I truly prefer to walk when I need to go somewhere. I like it this way.