Oct 13, 2012
Despite more subways, expanded bus routes and a planned high-speed rail project, Californians still want to drive their own cars.
With so many California cities built after the advent of the automobile, there aren't many pedestrian-friendly or public transportation-intensive communities.
Besides, most Californians don't want to join millions of other people on mass transit to preset destinations on preset schedules determined by others.
It feels too communistic and inflexible to millions of impulsively-independent, freedom-loving California rebels-on-wheels.
California drivers want to jump into their own cars and drive wherever they want and whenever they want... and it's not about to change.
The personal vehicle is the ultimate inner sanctum.
Golden State motorists eat, listen to music, meditate, shop, get dressed, put on makeup, self-talk, race, commute, escape, vacation, sing, pray, dance, play steering wheel drums, flirt, and rage at other drivers anywhere there's pavement.
A love affair with an automobile is the closest thing to a lasting marriage many Californians have.
A car can be a faithful partner on the journey of life, always ready for another adventurous road trip, day or night, 24-7.
No matter how many carpool lanes and HOV lanes are constructed with incentives for their use, most vehicles on California freeways contain a single passenger... the driver.
At times, one's car is the only place to escape from society and simply be alone in solitude.
A car is an extension of the ego or a projection of a desired public image.
Automobiles are clothing, accessories, and body armor.
Locked behind the doors of a vehicle, a driver can feel safe and protected inside a private cocoon of peace and tranquility, unaffected by the rest of humanity.
A car embodies the art of selfishness like nothing else can.
Conversely, an overwhelming number of California drivers feel that the best way to be "at one" with millions of people is on a freeway, where everyone is united into a singular body in their individualism, privacy and aloneness.
The average California automobile owner feels the freedom of their personal vehicle can be taken away only when the steering wheel is pried from their cold, dead hands.
After a century of California car culture, it would appear that the cars of the Golden State aren't headed to the junkyard anytime soon.
Long live freeways and the drive-thru life. Long live the culture of autonomous automobility. Long live the following car culture anthem music video.
Long Live Cars.