Comment 117604

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 11, 2016 at 05:41:46 in reply to Comment 117597

never said anything about selling cars

And I quote: "I think you should do a bit more digging before claiming that people are cashing in their cars for bike rentals."

we didn't exist for hundreds of years prior to the invention of the car

This is really one of the laziest excuses to maintain the status quo of our car-dominated transportation system.

The first European settlement in North American was established in 1498. The first European settlements in Canada were at St. Johns and Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1583. The first incorporated city in Canada was St. John, New Brunswick, in 1631. The first city established in Ontario was Kingston, which grew out of Fort Frontenac in 1673. Windsor was established in 1749 and Cornwall in 1784. Toronto was established in 1793, the same year as Ancaster. Hamilton was established in 1815 and incorporated as a city in 1842.

Meanwhile, the first modern car was invented by Karl Benz in 1879, and cars were first produced on an assembly line by Ransom Olds in 1901. The first moving assembly line was invented by Henry Ford in 1913 - nearly a century after Hamilton was founded.

Cars didn't come to dominate Hamilton streets until mid-century, and that was made possible by retrofitting our existing streets to make them wider - for example, by expropriating the private property on either side of Main Street to expand it to five lanes - and to convert pairs of parallel streets to alternating one-way traffic flows.

Lower city streets were not built for cars, they were rebuilt for cars - and they can be rebuilt again for a more balanced, more inclusive and more sustainable transportation system that makes room for walking, cycling, transit and driving alike.

Not all of us are able to walk, cycle, or take the city bus to work.

Of course not, as I explicitly noted in my previous comment. The problem is that you don't see the value of alternate transportation systems for yourself and then conclude that they can't possibly have value for other people either.

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