One of my pet peeves is definitely people with a car. Not because I'm jealous that I don't have one; I would never want a piece of junk like that anyway. A person can never simply walk along the road peacefully anymore without the CONSTANT fear of having to watch out for cars. People can't ride a bike in peace because of motherfucking cars. It's like these cars have to literally breathe down your neck everywhere you go. Roads were built for the people, not for you motherfuckers with cars. I was taking my dog out for a walk today when I had just stepped off the pavement to cross and then this crazy mothefucker turns the corner wildly and wants to drive down. Like, excuse you, it's not enough that you're a grandpa and driving a car with a grandma, but they were both frowning at ME because THEY couldn't pass through. They were giving me such disgusting glares as I was looking at them passing by. The fucking arrogancy of people I swear. It's about time something was done about these stupid cars. Yes, they're helpful if you have no other means of transport / really need one in your life due to work and stuff but it's just too much. People are buying cars without a fuck in the world, and basically want to run over anyone crossing the road. Does anyone else agree that something really needs to be done about this?
Most Helpful Guy
I totally agree with you but I also think it depends a lot on the country you live in (it would be interesting to hear where you come from). The solution to this problem is not to abolish all cars and go back to the 18th century but to find a way in which there can be a peaceful co-existence between cars and other people like pedestrians and cyclers. I believe in my country Switzerland, this has been achieved quite successfully, although some minor improvements could still be made.
I've lived in two foreign countries in my life - the USA and South Korea. Both of them have the same problem: they don't just appreciate cars, they're obsessed with them. Take the capital of Korea, Seoul (where I lived). In Seoul, there are a lot of big main streets that run through the city. Some of them have up to 12 lanes. In the middle of a city! There is one such street right in front of the university I attended. Crossing it felt like crossing a battle field. And of course these streets also just look very ugly. They cut right through the city like some sort of mine field and thus make city life outside your car almost impossible. Imagine for example having a nice little promenade with little shops and cafés there... nobody wants that. Who wants to go for a "romantic" walk and window shopping along a 12-lane street?
In the US, streets within cities don't have quite as many lanes but somehow they're still huge. Even worse, sidewalks in America absolutely suck. I love to go for walks (like all Swiss people ;-)) but going for walks in America is a pain. I lived in a small-to-medium sized city and the sidewalks were incredibly bad. Either they were crumbling and uneven or they didn't exist at all.
The major problem is the same in Korea and the US: cities are made for cars, not for humans.
Now, in my country Switzerland, this is very different. First of all, we have an A-class public transport system. Not just within cities but between cities too. Trains run on the second (like a Swiss clock work ;-)) and there's literally no place in the country you can't reach by public transport. You can even get to some 400-people village somewhere in the mountains. There's always a train or bus going there at least once an hour.
Our streets are generally much smaller than in other countries. The normal size is two lanes (one lane for each direction). Also, speed limits are relatively low. On major city roads, the speeds limit is 50 km/h (30 mph). Within neighborhoods, where2
Most Helpful Girl
I totally agree! Also people are always concerned about no parking spaces but never about the environment or the annoying noises they keep doing with their cars (I hate when people get angry because they are stuck in trafick and start swearing like wtf were you expecting? Do you realize how many people have cars nowadays?) Also most of the people have cars just for the sake of having a car and just a few of them really need one. A walk never killed anyone nor riding a bike or taking a bus. But I realized people do this with most of the things they buy. We should consider better if we really NEED the thing we want so bad.
Cars are good for families, for exemple, not rich people too lazy to walk to the gym..1