How we move today is still, sadly, a result of habits and values we adopted from the industrial age.
The car as we know it, is not always the most suitable personal transportation product for today’s urban communities. From Le Corbusier’s Plan Voisin, to Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia. Modernity promised us a future where everything is beautifully far away and out of scale, where somehow, having to drive far is an integrated experience of a privileged, modern metropolis.
Cars over the years have brought us farther apart and encouraged sprawling, which created more need for cars. The automotive industry sold us a car-dependent future in which traffic and congestion, are inevitable side effects of progress. SUVs that are used for just couple of hours a week take up valuable urban spaces, forcing us to travel farther to reach destinations, using more fuel and emitting excessive pollutants.