The prospect of earth's resources running out has not slowed down car travel one whit, neither has it forced people to use public transport more and leave the car at home. Motorists do seem to have put their heads in the sand regarding this and indeed each year there are more and more cars on the road instead of less.
The price of oil seems to go up virtually on a weekly basis and due the to the troubles in the East it's going to now rise even faster. Will there come a time when being hit hard in the pocket will eventually make people see sense?
As a child and a young person people walked or cycled everywhere. My mother, sisters and I regularly walked the 6 miles into the nearest town and thought nothing of it. Cars were very seldom seen and the workers used cycles or buses to get to work.
It's true that many people travel further out to work now than they used to and owning a car has now become a necessity and not a luxury, but there is still the wastage of cars being brought out onto the road for journeys that could easily be done on foot or cycle.
In my teens one could hardly cross the road as a pedestrian when the factory workers finished their shift at the end of the evening, for the hundreds of cycles that would come spilling out of the gates. But of course the motorist then didn't have this attitude that cyclists had no right to be on the road, that cyclists didn't pay towards the up keep of the road ( I Pay Road Tax ). Cycling then was far, far safer than it is today.
Will there come a time when our common sense takes over? Will one day soon petrol become so expensive that those that work a reasonable distance from home will once again get on their bikes, public transport or God forbid actually walk a couple of miles.
Government and local government also need to play their part in encouraging more to cycle for short journeys by creating cycle paths along side all roads and not just a few, and by educating motorists to the right of the cyclist to be on the roads that they also pay for. Until roads are made safe for cyclists and the fear of cycling is removed, until cyclists are catered for, as are pedestrians and motorists, there will be this continual guzzling by motorised vehicles of the worlds precious oil.