We have more peo­ple so we have more Cars

Ottawa Citizen - - LETTERS -

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

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