There’s a common misconception among drivers of cars that the roads belong to them. They think their taxes pay for the roads, and they think that if they are in their cars, they have more right to the roads than other citizens who are not in cars. But when you think about it, why should cars have more right to roads than pedestrians or cyclists, or just people who might feel like taking a picnic on asphalt? Why do pedestrians walk on the sidewalk and not on the road? When it comes to road costs in Toronto, pedestrians, picnickers and cyclists all bear the same if not a greater financial burden than motorists.
We’ve become so used to the idea that our roads were built for cars that the idea of a picnic on Queen Street or pedestrians walking down the middle of Bloor seems bizarre.
But roads were not built for cars. At least not in Britain. This is the subject of a rather remarkable new book by Carlton Reid, “Roads Were Not Built for Cars”. It will be available for free as an e-book in the near future. You can read more about it here.