THE I-14

The I-14 is a road leading to economic, social and ecological decay. In Stop Signs,  authors Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler outline the many  ways America’s automobile-dominated transportation system is irritating, irrational, irresponsible and increasingly inhuman.

  • Cities have been torn down, remade and planned with cars’ needs as the overriding concern.
  • Behind the wheel it’s me, myself and I.
  • Only three percent of the car’s fuel energy actually moves what needs to be moved.
  • Cars encourage sprawl and the privatization of space.
  • Car-burbs are infertile ground for the social movements necessary to tip back the scale between rich and poor.
  • The car’s insatiable appetite for space crowds out bikes and pedestrians.
  • For every mile traveled, the car is dozens of times more likely to cause death and injury than the train, bus or plane.
  • Cathedrals are built to worship the automobile.
  • A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for cars.
  • Automotive pollution kills tens of thousands annually.
  • Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year to subsidize off-street parking.
  • Driving brings out the beast in the newly evolved human, Homo Automotivis.
  • Auto-dependent development is pushing oil extraction into increasingly sensitive environments.
  • A model of transportation that relies on individuals hopping into two, four or eight thousand pound metal boxesto get from one place to another is utterly unsustainable.

3 Responses to THE I-14

  1. myna lee johnstone says:

    i have been working on a similar book for Canadians
    I believe we should have a class action suit against the automobile companies, and governments for their complicity for these crimes against humanity and our habitats
    Automobiles are our WMDs

  2. Rumor says:

    This has made my day. I wish all psotigns were this good.

  3. Michelle Robinson says:

    Just want to stay in loop. I was reading on your fb wall you’ll start touring the prairies in July. Looking forward to seeing it here in Calgary. Cheers!