Apr 132012

How the young are waging a war on the car »

“Any man who rides a bus to work after the age of 30 can count himself a failure.” For many Torontonians, these words, attributed to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, ring as true ever. But like much of Thatcherism, such pronouncements have started to sound more quaint than amusing. … What would Thatcher have made of recent studies that reveal young people are less interested in the North American tradition of car ownership than ever? That’s not to say there aren’t countless teens out there, especially boys, salivating at the prospect of owning their own car. But it does tell us that the situation is a little less black-and-white than we like to assume. … Public transit, bicycles and pedestrians are as much a part of a 21st-century transit system as cars. Each has a place. To privilege one over the others is counterproductive and inefficient. Yet we persist. If Charlton Heston had been a Torontonian, we would have had to pry those cold dead hands from a steering wheel, not a rifle.

The decline in youth car-ownership is a sign of changing attitudes.

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