Letter: The sooner we're all on bikes, the better

Last updated 12:00 28/02/2013

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OPINION: Transport Agency chief executive Geoff Dangerfield fears young people are dropping out of driving altogether, and that might limit their job opportunities (Feb 23-24).

Perhaps he's too young to remember we always lived close to where we got work? That's becoming the norm again, and some of our young are sensibly choosing not to drive.

He and his agency should be celebrating these trends. NZTA's purpose is to promote affordable, safe, sustainable, integrated and responsive transport. Doesn't that mean discouraging car use, and promoting walking, cycling and public transport?

The sooner the world is bike- dependant rather than car- dependant, the better. Two million people die on roads each year, many millions are maimed, and the most likely cause of trauma to a child on an education trip is at the hands of parents driving other children to school.

The devastation from cars is enormous and our environment courts and authorities are more concerned with their and their friends' lifestyles and tax revenue from motorists, than trauma, affordability or the environment.

DARYL COCKBURN

Te Aro

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