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CHRISTIAN VASSIE urges us “look forward, not back” (Letters, September 3). I have every respect for Christian and regard his letters as some of the best The Press publishes.
But back in the 1940s and 1950s my family, like many others, could only dream of the luxury of a car.
If you had to travel, it was on foot, or use a very unreliable local bus. If you were lucky you might have a second-hand bike. I rode my father’s for a while, but being very small, due to the cross bar, I could only ride without using the seat.
Only when I returned to work, after the birth of my children in the 1960s, could we consider a second-hand car which cost £50.
Later living in London, I did not drive (no need). However, with retirement approaching and little or no public transport here in York, I worked even harder so that when old age took over I would be able to afford the necessary luxury of a car.
So no, Christian, I do not regard road closures, cycling etc as “forward looking” but a step back to poverty levels thankfully unknown to today’s generation.
Liz Edge, Parkside Close, York.
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