I COULDN’T agree more with Andrew Blee’s letter on cars (“Don’t use cars”, SNJ of October 11).

Andrew is right – it’s up to each one of us to take responsibility and make personal individual choices to change our own lives.

I gave up a car 25 years ago – and it’s one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made.

The car economy and car culture are so catastrophic for the planet, it’s hard to know where to start.

Car usage plugs directly into and satisfies the narcissistic individualism that dominates the current age, and most people just fall in with “the herd” without a moment’s consideration for the environmental consequences of their consumer choice.

I challenge anyone to read the book Autogeddon by the excellent Heathcote Williams, and not come out the other end deeply troubled by the appalling costs that car ownership is imposing on the planet.

Many years ago when I lived in Norwich, a much-used road was closed to traffic for three months due to major road works.

The result?

The local community literally came alive, with relaxed families strolling down the street at all times of day and evening, children playing freely, and people and neighbours actually talking with and getting to know one another.

It takes an experience like this to show what a massive opportunity cost the car economy is imposing on communities and on everyone’s quality of life.

There really must be a better way.

Richard House