Thus, we need to understand the underlying questions: Why do we do what we do? When it comes our transport and mobility choices, why are there such huge variance in values, dreams, behavior and choices from culture to culture? Why do we insist on leaving our car in a parking space even though it is clearly marked for handicapped drivers? Fail to give priority and space to pedestrians and cyclists? Insist on staying in our cars when our government is investing heavily in public transport? Why are we so tightly bound up in existing patterns, even when it is clear to all that the present situation is not working, including for us, to fight proposed changes tooth and nail?
The point is that none of this is accidental. It is central. It is “normal”– and in that it brings us to the big question that transport planners and policy makers must be ready to ask: Why do we do what we do? What determines our values and dispositions? And how does this in turn determine our behavior and choices when it comes to matters of how we get around in our day to day lives?