reohn2 wrote:In a capitalist society based on a greed and profit motive,why would those in the position of making those profits and being greedy ever want to do anything to hinder that profit motive unless they can make more profit elsewhere?
While I wouldn't use those words, I think that's a major factor in the very low rates of active travel in the UK.
The fact is, there is hardly any revenue (or, thus, profit) in the act of cycling, and even less in walking. Promotion of motoring -- all these TV adverts, loans of cars for TV shows and cinema films -- it ain't cheap. The OP comments on a very slick animation about how small automated cars might reduce gridlock when everyone owns a car, but why isn't walking or cycling seen as a solution? Because there's no money in it, that's why. Who would pay for a slick animation promoting reduced car use?
So you are in agreement with me?
Multinationals exist to make profit that profit has to be worthwhile,when there's no profit they look to elsewhere.
Why did we invade Iraq or take great interest in Afganistan.
The main instigator of those invasions was the USA,the two presidents of the USA at the time of those invasions were the father and son Bush dynasty.
Their main business interests are in arms and oil.
Tony Blair also has business interests in Iraq
Iraq has vast oil reserves
Afganistan has vast mineral and gas reserves.
It isn't rocket science to see where I'm going on this.................
There is a better way than the private motor vehicle for people to move around this small country we live in,that way is public transport for the most part,if that were to be propagated as a service or at a slight profit for the good of the nation,road space would be freed up,less cars more space more chance of a more cycle and pedestrian friendly enviroment,which would result in people using bikes and walking.
The main stumbling block is unbridled capitalism and the vast profits made by the few,if there weren't so much money made from private motors there wouldn't be such much money available to promote them.
If I were to say to anyone 25years ago that the vehicle of the future was a vehicle that was only used by the army,farmers and people to go on safari,people would have considered me nuts.
However in a world of high fuel prices and tighter budgets these gas guzzling high maintenance vehicles are what people aspire to.
Those people didn't think that up for themselves,in the same way people didn't think to all take up cycling after last years UK successes in cycle sport and the Olympics.