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  1. lagatta à montréal February 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm |

    Rory, your lovely country doesn’t have our severe winters (though it seemed very rough indeed during the World Cup). Isn’t the fact that few people cycle there an outcome of fear and the perception of danger (and some very real danger of violence, in all communties)?

    Behaviour and systemic adjustments feed into one another.

  2. Rory Short February 10, 2012 at 11:45 am |

    In South Africa the car has shaped our urban landscape. Consequently in wealthier areas most people need to use a car once a week for at least one fundamental reason, in order to do their weekly shopping. Shops are no longer within walking distance and public transport is either non-existent or very poor indeed. In addition existing public transport has minimal to zero carrying capacity for people’s shopping. Under these circumstances it is not possible for people to just stop using their cars, the whole system needs to be radically changed in order for this to be possible. Of course this is absolutely no reason for not changing away from cars but systemic adjustments are required before the behaviour of individuals in this regard can change.

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