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There are links between speed limits, petroleum, pedestrian deaths, walking, bicycling, obesity, terrorism and responsible government. This is a page of links within the page; it is unlike any of my other pages, to use it you must follow the links as much as reading the statements. It was inspired by a talk heard on ABC radio, Australia. Unfortunately I didn't record the name of the man who gave it. All hyperlinks in the main body of this page, other than Home, link to other parts of this page.

This page is simplistic, but the links are logical, and the consequences are often of great value.

Written 2008/12/15, modified 2011/03/15
Contact: email daveclarkecb@yahoo.com
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If speed limits are reduced...

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If petroleum consumption is reduced...






If more people cycle...

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If more people walk...

  • If people see others walking, they are more likely to walk themselves.
  • Less people drive.
  • Governments have a bigger incentive to improve walking paths, making walking more pleasant and safer.
  • Physical fitness is increased.
  • Obesity is reduced and health is improved.
  • People will save money.





If more people travel by train...

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If fewer people drive...






If driving is less stressful...
  • Driver's health is improved.
  • Drivers will be happier.
  • The number of road rage incidents will be reduced.
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If pedestrians are safer...

  • Walking becomes more enjoyable.
  • Fewer pedestrians will be killed and injured.
  • More people will walk rather than drive.





If cyclists are safer...

  • Cycling becomes more enjoyable.
  • Fewer cyclists will be killed and injured.
  • More people will cycle rather than drive.
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If Western nations are less reliant on imported petroleum...






If a nation interferes less with the affairs of other nations...

  • It provokes less terrorists and then it has less reason to fear terrorism.
  • 'Defence' costs are reduced, the money saved can be spent elsewhere.
  • Its citizens can have more respect for the increased ethical standards of their government.
  • Its leaders can have more self respect.
  • It improves its standing among other nations.
  • There is more peace in the world.
  • People like me are less likely to criticize it on the Net.
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If obesity is reduced...

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If people are healthier...

  • Their quality of life improves.
  • Their medical and hospital expenses are reduced and they have more to spend on other things.
  • They will be better able to walk and cycle.
  • They will be happier.





If fewer people are injured...

  • Human suffering is decreased, happiness increased.
  • More people will be able to do valuable work and fewer will need to rely on disability pensions; the economy will be improved.
  • The nation's health costs are decreased and the money saved can be spent elsewhere.
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If people are happier...

  • Their quality of life is enhanced.
  • They have less reason to resort to drugs.
  • There is less cause for crime.
  • The happiness tends to rub off onto those they contact.
  • The number of road rage incidents will be reduced.





If people save money...

  • They will more easily be able to pay for the things that really matter.
  • Buying the first house becomes more within reach.
  • Puting good quality food on the table becomes easier.
  • Stress is reduced and health is improved.
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If less greenhouse gas is produced...

  • The rate of climate change slows.
  • The rate of melting of polar ice and mountain glaciers slows.
  • The rate of sea level rise slows.
  • The rate of acidification of the oceans slows.
  • The rate of the loss of species slows.





If we can't travel quite so far as we used to...

  • We will not be able to holiday quite so far from our homes.
  • The longer of the routine journies we have done become impractical.
  • We will not be able to commute quite so far to and from our work.
In all cases, petroleum consumption is reduced.





Concluding remarks

Of course many of the links on this page are arguable to some degree; in the first place many would argue that lower speed limits would lead to frustrated drivers and more road rage, and there is probably some truth in this. But most of the links rely on very simple and indesputable logic and I believe that travelling more slowly would, in sum, increase the general quality of life and the environment.

In a few years it is likely that we will have no choice but to reduce our speeds because we are facing the end of oil and will have to take serious action over climate change and energy prices are about to rise steeply and substantially.

Some remarks on driving at lower speeds are also on my page Toward a more sustainable world.






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Can not travel so far
Concluding remarks
If cyclists are safer
If driving is less stressful
If fewer people are injured
If fewer people drive
If less greenhouse gas is produced
If more people cycle
If more people travel by train
If more people walk
If obesity is reduced
If pedestrians are safer
If people are happier
If people are healthier
If people save money
If petroleum consumption is reduced
If speed limits are reduced
Less aggression between nations
Less reliance on imported petroleum
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