Bill Bauer raises good points in his essay on traffic planning. Studies he cites showing dangerous pollution concentrations at intersections where cars accelerate away from stop signs and traffic lights describe a problem that has been with us for over 100 years. Recent advances in the electric vehicle industry have dropped the price to affordable levels for the average American car buyer, and used models of the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt are now selling for under $10,000. These cars, running on renewable electricity, emit zero pollution, well-to-wheels. They are also very quiet, an added benefit to the neighbors and pedestrians in the vicinity of heavy traffic intersections.
Anyone who drives a car, and who cares about their impact on other humans and the planet’s environment, should avail themselves of this option to drive without causing harm to others.