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  1. magdalena,

    This entry is fantastic!! if it all sounds too good to be true, or completely unpheasable, think again…

    if http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8536374/Horse-drawn-rubbish-carts-make-a-comeback-for-Suez-Environnement.html can happen, all things are possible!! Long Live the Draughthorse!!

    A dear friend of the family remembers the Rag and Bone man with his horse drawn cart up into the 60’s, (as does my husband the ‘rabbito’, milkman and breadman into the 60’s and 70’s – remember that not insignificant parts of Sydney still had the nightsoil up until the mid 70’s) ) and even in the Sydney CBD, into the late 90’s the Carlton United Brewery and penfolds Stationary still did deliveries by dray – the mighty clidesdales in all their finery were a sight to behold!! And don’t worry about the poo; either those gizmos to collect it from the horse’s rear or ‘new green jobs’ would sort it – I’m not necessarily proposing the complete irradication of the ‘infernal combustion engine’ but a middle way…not ‘back to the past’, but breaking through into the future.

    Oh, and more Rail also – get the semis off the already clogged roads…

    Just my $0.02 worth, ‘tsall…



    • We “Westerners” just love our gas-burners, don’t we? I would be happier without the big grey albatross around my neck, eating up dollars we need for developing the croft.

    • I do seem to need to remind people that this is meant to be humorous. But it isn’t outrageous; most of the developed world has managed without cars on the individual level.We are still with a vehicle ourselves, but the plan is that we will not be buying another. It is feasible for us to use horse-drawn conveyance. By the way, I transported two children by bicycle for a couple of years. It is possible. As for those with limited physical abilities – adaptive pedal powered vehicles are being designed all the time. And there is always the bicycle rickshaw for carrying both children and older people. Just think past your childhood ten-speed.

  2. Hi Stealth ,

    as i mentioned, in my own musing here, this doesn’t call for the complete removal of the car from the road…I can tell you a thing or two about spinal injury, as it happens… this is merely a springboard for thought and consideration of alternatives outside the square – even in the original post that Magdalena linked to, this was spoken of…

    Some points to consider:

    how has the motor vehicle post WWII shaped the development of our surburbs?
    How were they arranged more often pre WWII – less cars, more public transport, more development of housing around employment centres, people living far nearer to where they worked – far fewer two hour both ways commutes a greater emphasis on the ‘High Street’ suburb by suburb rather than jugganaut malls often out of reach of direct public transport that also funnel the shopping public (in other words, all of us) to greater distances from home, often bipassing several ‘high streets’ that have since gone bust (won’t even go into the multinational shoping centre favour practices in terms of independant retailers)
    A re-think of urban planning (not just me sprouting off here, but urban design experts from Western europe; go to abc.net.au and search for urban design transport issues in Sydney, public transport development etc.
    Here is another link
    Its about creating, or re-creating systems that do not place the car as king when it doesn’t have to be, and building into those systems means and methods whereby persons with disabilities (I am one of them, with significant vision impairment and now this new reality of reduced mobility courtesy of a spinal compression fracture) can enjoy optimum access also.

    I’ve linked to concept documents such as the slow food manifesto (that can be applied to other areas outside of food production), groups such as transitional towns etc in comments here previously re other articles…

    We need to think how to do urbanization better than we currently are – a model in which many groups are isolated and marginalized due to what I term the ‘Turany of systems’…is there a silver bullet fix? No; there is never one simple answer. However, all the parts go to make up the whole – in which we need to re-think the way we’ve been organizing ourselves for the past 50 years, with an emphasis on the past 35 especially.

    Lets put our support behind those with the influence and ability to bring about genuine change and improvement that will benefit us, our children and grandchildren.


    PS: to learn about PC access for [ persons with a vision impairment, check out http://www.humanware.com http://www.freedomscientific.com and http://www.serotek.com
    to learn what the net sounds like, and the way in which text is intuitively spoken/handled for non visual websurfers etc check out http://www.satogo.com

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