Whenever I mention this cartoon here in the UK, no one knows what I’m talking about, so I thought I’d post it here. It’s a wonderful piss-take of drivers, one that you would certainly never see these days from the dumbo’d down corporate, plastic Disney.
The obvious Mr. Walker/ Mr. Wheeler, Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde connection exposes a truth about the motorcar and society- perhaps one we are not so comfortable with now that we have allowed the car to dominate practically every aspect of modern life. It’s this psychological split between the driver and walker- the lead-footed petrol addict and the resident who has to keep a close eye on small children and pets. And of course they are often the same person.
I argue that the mistake politicians have made in trying to bring about a sustainable transport system is that they speak to the driver, not the resident. I mean, if you wanted to close Prince St. bridge for example, would you try to win the support of Mr. Walker or Mr. Wheeler?
In 1948 J. S. Dean, the chairman of the Pedestrians Association (now Living Streets), wrote these words:
“…there is an extraordinary gulf in the motoring mind between intention and action. What are we to do with these people and their split minds? As they kill and maim pedestrians they chatter: ‘We are all pedestrians.'”
There are lots of examples of this fascinating split personality syndrome in our modern transport system. What are some other examples people can cite?