The hidden ways our car-obsessed culture is especially hard on disabled people

American culture is dominated by cars, so much that not driving or being unable to operate a vehicle can attract stigmatizing attitudes.

“Clarifying my inability to drive in a society focused on driving results in diverse responses, ranging from dismissive comments to inquiries about when I’ll learn to drive,” Ashley Glears told Salon, adding that “some may misunderstand, suggesting I’m ‘overthinking’ or ‘being lazy.'”...

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Is a post-car future actually possible? Experts say yes — here’s how we could get there

If you live in the United States and commute to your job, there is a 91% chance that you do so via a personal vehicle — meaning, a car. While that is certainly an extreme level of car dependency, Americans are hardly alone in their affliction. In Cyprus, 85% are dependent on cars as their main transport mode, while the European Union as a whole has an average of 47%....

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As wealth inequality spirals out of control, many Americans can no longer afford to drive

In suburbanized, car-centric parts of the world, including most of the United States, those who cannot drive are often cut off from fully participating in their community. Walking, bicycles and ride-sharing services can only pick up so much slack in communities without real public transit

“The poorest are cut off from job opportunities, schools, and other services especially in places where transit service quality is poor.”


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