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Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves From The Automobile by Taras Grescoe

This book examines transportation trends in different destinations.

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This book examines transportation trends in different destinations.

  • May 26, 2014
A strap hanger is a person who relies on public transportation to get from one place to another. A strap hanger is also a person who does not own a car. These two traits apply to me. I am a proud strap hanger. Taras Grescoe is a proud strap hanger from Montreal. His articles have appeared in National Geographic magazine and The New York Times. It took Grescoe three years to research and write this book. It is well researched and very entertaining.

The premise of this book is that people should become less dependent on driving cars. He provides solid evidence that relying on public transit instead of driving is cheaper, faster and safer for the environment. Grescoe also believes that using public transportation promotes social interaction. I have made the majority of my friends on the bus, so I am in agreement with him. I learned some shocking trivia about driving. I learned that Arizona leads the country in property crime. I also learned that in Moscow 100 people die in car accidents every day. These are the kind of facts that make me happy that I do not drive a car.

I love reading books about places I have never been to. Taras Grescoe takes readers around the world in this book. He travels to Bogota, Moscow, Tokyo, Copenhagen. He also travels to various cities in the United States and North America. The purpose of his travels is to study the transportation trends and transportation quality of these cities. All of these destinations are so exotic and exciting to me. I learned some interesting facts about transportation trends. There is a bus system called the Biarticulado in Bogota, Colombia. This bus is as long as a Boeing 737 airplane. The maximum capacity of this bus is 270 people. This is amazing to me. I have heard of a bus as large as this. The Shinkansen is the bullet train in Tokyo. The top speed of this train is 227 miles per hour. The thought of travelling this fast makes want to hop on an airplane to Tokyo and ride this train for myself. I learned that people in Copenhagen get around by riding bicycles. Copenhagen seems like a such a beautiful place. I would not mind bicycling through it if I could. I learned that Vancouver ls known for emitting the least amount of carbon in the environment than any city in North America. I would love to visit such an environmentally clean city. Straphanger is one of the best books I have ever read. It combines two things that are exciting to me. They are travelling to different places and using different modes of transportation.

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