It’s Not the City — It’s the Cars

A world built for automobiles is stressful

Antonia Malchik
5 min readJun 24, 2022

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Crowded pedestrian crossing, people walking toward and away from the viewer. Backdrop of shop corner and wide city sidewalk. Looks cold and a bit windy — people are wearing hats and scarves.
Photo: Vlad Hilitanu / Unsplash

There’s an intersection in my small Montana town that is an absolute nightmare. It’s where a busy highway crawls into downtown and makes a hard 90-degree bend. All four incoming roads coming into the intersection have a left- and/or right-turn lane. Trying to cross this intersection as a pedestrian or cyclist from any direction feels —…

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Antonia Malchik

Antonia Malchik is the author of A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time; walking, tech, community, and embodiment.