In a recent article in The Royal Gazette, Premier Brown is suggested to still be in talks with international business about how to have fewer cars on the road and ease traffic congestion. Unfortunately, Premier Brown far too often takes a win-lose approach to solving the issues of our island and fails to recognize that innovative solutions already exist to curb the number of cars and congestion. It’s called car-sharing.
Premier Brown’s recent suggestion that the PLP have kept their promises with regards to transportation may find at least a few people who disagree with him. Disagreements aside, his other plans for transportation in the future may still be lacking, as despite offering free public transport, this writer (who has free access to public transport due to his conscription in the regiment) still doesn’t take it. The reason has on numerous occasions been pointed out where service still needs improvement, and the month of or after the election would be a hard indication of promises kept. Further, there is still the whole issue of taxis that GPS failed to solve, especially when you need to catch a flight.
Premier Brown should take a moment out of his busy schedule to read the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or, if he finds himself too busy to read, he could always have his driver pop the audiobook version in the audio player while he’s being chauffered around in his police escorted limosine. By doing so, he would gain the insight of habit #4 of thinking win-win when approaching various issues related to our island. A win-win approach to solving the traffic approach wouldn’t look upon our international business to take a loss by being asked to solve our problems for us. Instead, we should be looking for win-win situations where noone is forced to compromise and both gain the desired result.
As suggested all the way back in April, a win-win approach to solving our traffic congestion woes is to introduce legislation that encourages car sharing businesses. Car sharing, which has achieved considerable success around the world, would offer individuals the benefits of being able to use a car such as getting groceries, having friends visit, transporting things purchased in town and even carrying kiteboarding gear when there’s a little wind. All without the drawbacks of the high expense of taxi’s and the pains of actually getting one. Many people, even those such as this writer, often get a car just as a means to satisfy these needs that present transportation solutions do not adequately address. Car-sharing legislation should be an obvious win-win solution that Bermudians and ex-pats alike could take advantage of to solve our own traffic woes.
Premier Brown may think promises have been kept and indeed many things have been done, but yet there is still a long way we need to go. We could be taking a win-win approach to solving the issues of our island and taking heed of innovative solutions that are being used elsewhere in the world to solve the issues of traffic congestion. Car-sharing happens to be one such example.