We have more people so we have more Cars
Brigitte Pellerin’s diatribe of “building more roads invites more cars” is a popular misconception. There are other factors to consider as well, population growth chief among them. Beyond that is the personal contradiction Pellerin reveals, noting that she herself just bought a new car.
How can you bemoan the increase in the number of cars on the road in Ottawa, pining for a different approach, when you have done exactly what you object to?
Had Pellerin reported Ottawa’s population had increased between 2006 to 2011 by 8.8 per cent, it would appear perhaps the increase in population might partly account for the increase in cars on the road. I think that counters the misconception of “widening the roads invites more cars.” The cars were already here. Ron Grossman, Blackburn