Can Southern California, built for cars, be reworked to encourage behavior that combats climate change? – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017

To the editor: I am a native of Southern California. I came of legal driving age in the 1960s during the era of car songs by the Beach Boys and Steve McQueen’s cars and car movies. Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” later on made it clear that SoCal was still about cars. (“Entitled drivers are getting in the way of California’s climate change efforts,” editorial, Sept. 20)

As I write this, it’s almost time to take my 1968 V-8 Mustang out for its daily exercise. I’ve been driving that car for nearly 50 years, and it’s in pristine condition. I get a lot of thumbs up from other drivers and pedestrians when I pass by in that Mustang. And why not? Southern California is about cars, not walking and bicycling. This isn’t Amsterdam.

If folks are seriously concerned about their safety when walking or bicycling, then a reasonable preventive measure would be to simply pay closer attention to vehicles operating on the roads. Of course, that may require that cellphones be tucked safely away.

If that’s too hard, relocating to Europe may be just the ticket.

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