Motorcar infatuation leads to ‘bursts of illogic’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

15 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

It is revealing of our times when obviously intelligent people produce bursts of illogic in discussing transport in Wellington. While expressing disappointment with the High Court decision not to overturn the decision to reject the Basin Reserve ‘flyover’, and referring to public transport systems, Dr and Mrs Dennis Gordon (Cook Strait News) say “surely it is not as simple as either/or, but both/and”. Well, yes. That is precisely the opportunity the decision to reject the flyover offers.

The future look and workability of transport is not in good focus because of a fear of confronting the decades long dominance of the motorcar. What are we afraid of (this is not a rhetorical question, actually)? There is desperation evident in the Gordons’ characterization of the flyover decision as limiting when it actually can lift the fog of motorcar infatuation from our vision revealing an opportunity to move ahead with a new transport mix in the context of coming to grips with a future of much reduced carbon emissions.


Richard Keller


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