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Rethinking Our Reliance On Cars

Boston's Hubway bike-sharing program is popular, but are people ready to give up their cars completely? (Steven Senne/AP)

Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing program is popular, but are people ready to give up their cars completely? (Steven Senne/AP)

Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing program just topped a million rides. It’s a symbolic milestone for the less than two-year-old system. But it also points to a bigger trend: all over the Boston area, more people are choosing to get around without a car.

There’s been a lot of research recently showing that our relationship with cars is changing in significant ways. Earlier this summer, the US Public Interest Research Group found that Americans — especially those under 30 — have been driving less and less each year since 2004.

So is it time to rethink how we get around, and redesign our cities and towns to reflect a less car-reliant culture?

Guests

Micheline Maynard, journalist, educator, and author of the forthcoming e-book Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around. 

Jacqueline Douglas, executive director of Livable Streets, a Boston area urban transportation advocacy group.

 


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