National Bike Month is an opportunity to envision the post-car future. The reign of the auto is not inevitable, and it is likely not permanent.
Many places that have experimented with privatization have found that public services are actually more cost-efficient in the long run.
Stephan Salisbury is cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a TomDispatch regular. His most recent book is Mohamed's Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland.