A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure.
The above statement is attributed to the evil Maggie Thatcher, but there does seem to be a little doubt about the attribution. Who cares. She was a bad person. What a pity she is only gaga and not suffering horribly from a painful cancer caused by air pollution.
Now that our trains are bursting at the seams with passengers, this seems a bit less of an issue, but an issue it certainly was and to an extant, still is.
Dedicated public transport users are looked down upon in a very general sense. Can you imagine a top AFL player saying, ah, I don't have a car. I use the tram or train to get where I need to go. Given most of them live in the privileged areas well served by public transport, they probably could use it, with some taxi travel thrown in.
When we went into town last night on the tram, sailing past all the cars with their stressed looking drivers banked up back from the city, I was the one who felt privileged. Public transport may not be the answer for everyone, but it is always worth thinking about whether it might be a viable alternative.
So, if you are a dedicated public transport user, a cyclist or a walker, I thank you for not polluting our environment too badly, for reducing car congestion and generally making our city a bit nicer.
I seriously scratch my head about people who want to drive into the city. Weird.