Nothing defines life at the turn of the twenty-first century more than the car. It’s how we get around, allowing us to go where we like, when we like, and with whom we like.
It also defines limitations, curtailing the freedom to walk or cycle in safety — especially for children — and leaves a trail of carbon, pollution, ill-health, injury, and death, in its wake. And yet all development, for the last fifty years, has been predicated on universal access to a private car.
The Cost of the Car is a dispassionate account of how this came about, what the consequences are, and where we might venture instead.
Can we keep the liberty to drive, and yet regain the liberty not to?