Good article by David Suzuki: David Suzuki: Our obsession with private automobiles is unsustainable.
I completely agree, but unfortunately it seems most North American urban areas are designed on the assumption that you drive, so it’s difficult to live car-free unless you’re really committed and willing to make some sacrifices. That’s not to say there aren’t benefits, though.
For example, when I lived in Austin, Texas, there are entire new areas of town up north being built without even sidewalks, let alone bike lanes. It doesn’t take many large SUVs speeding by, inches from your shoulder as you try to walk beside the road, to make you think twice about walking there.
Biking is somewhat more feasible there, but as another example, there was only one way to get to where I worked, along a very busy highway. Hardcore bikers would go on it, but I would have preferred streets to do it, myself. There were zero buses going to that part of town, too.
Where I live now is not so bad, but to really reduce our dependence on a car we’d have to move somewhere closer to everything.