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Preaches to the converted,
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This review is from: Car Sick: Solutions for Our Car-addicted Culture (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed reading this book, but then it is not trying to convince me with its arguments as I am already firmly of the opinion that we as a nation use our cars indiscriminately, excessively and antisocially.
I have two criticisms of this book, both related to cycling. Firstly, I thought that in its efforts to remain diplomatic, it was far too ready to flatter the UK's efforts in building cycling infrastructure. Compared with facilities that are taken for granted in certain european countries, the UK's offerings are pitiful. Lyn Sloman repeatedly makes the mistake of accepting our status quo.
Secondly, her recommendations for actions, although laudable in isolation, are never going to change things for the majority of people. The soft measures that she puts forward will fall flat due to the perception of danger that most people equate with cycling on our car-saturated roads. The book almost completely ignores or belittles the urgent need to campaign hard for real action and real money to be spent.