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Hypermobility

Even if we devise non-polluting, congestion-free modes of transport, and all work from home, we will still pay a very high price for hypermobility

By John Adams   March 2000

Mobility is liberating and empowering. But you can have too much of a good thing. The growth in the numbers of people exercising their freedom and power is fouling the planet and jamming its arteries.

Prodigious technological efforts are being made to solve the problems of congestion and pollution caused by increased motorised mobility. Let us suppose for a moment that they succeed. Imagine that scientists invent something close to a pollution-free perpetual motion engine. Imagine further, that they succeed in developing the ultimate, intelligent transport system-a computerised traffic control system which will hugely increase the capacity of existing roads,…

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