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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the ways and means to get to work or school without having to always use a car. Photo: Dmitry Pistrov

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the ways and means to get to work or school without having to always use a car. Photo: Dmitry Pistrov

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the ways and means to get to work or school without having to always use a car. Photo: Dmitry Pistrov

It’s August and silly season so let me avail of the pause in the mad rush to comment on something obvious that is, maybe, hiding in plain sight.

With the exception of holiday hotspots, parts of the country that are normally teeming with traffic (the roads around major urban areas for example) are now  so light with vehicles.

And it just got me imagining how lovely it would be if that sort of scenario could be what the future holds  for us all.

So please, let me ponder a little more about that, this fine August. Wouldn’t it be just wonderful to have the ways and means to get to work, or school or wherever, without having to always use a car just to transport one or two people?

Yes, I know there are carpools that are helping to reduce congestion, but obviously we need an awful lot more of that kind of joined-up thinking.

Imagine not having to use a car at all to commute? That doesn’t mean you go without one – it just means you use it more sparingly and positively.

It may sound like a dream brought on by the sunshine, and utterly unrealistic for so many people, but really it is the sort of end-target we need so we can individually and collectively visualise life without a car for every occasion.

I know that is dreaming on my part.

And I know public transport is a bad word for most people. I also know the Government would say they are striving towards that sort of goal in their plans for climate action.

The cynic in me, in normal times, calls that aspirational. But just for a minute there, after driving through suburban Dublin with barely a car to be seen, I got a real feel for how much better our lives could be.

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