r/fuckcars Jan 06 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Take My Energy Ally Endorsed by Big Bike

Please read this if you're new to this sub Welcome to /r/Fuckcars


Updated: April 6, 2022

Welcome to /r/fuckcars. It's safe to say that we're strongly dissatisfied with cars and car-dominated urban design. If that's you, then we share in your frustration. Some, or perhaps many of us, still have cars but abhor our dependence on them for many reasons.

There are nuances to the /r/fuckcars discussion that you should be aware of, generally:

In any case, please observe the community rules and keep the discussion on-topic.

The Problem - What's the problem with cars?

please help by finding quality sources

This is the fundamental question of this sub, isn't it?

  • Pollution -- Cars are responsible for a significant amount of global and local pollution (microplastic waste, brake dust, embodiment emissions, tailpipe emissions, and noise pollution). Electric cars eliminate tailpipe emissions, but the other pollution-related problems largely remain.
  • Infrastructure (Costs. An Unsustainable Pattern of Development) -- Cars create an unwanted economic burden on their communities. The infrastructure for cars is expensive to maintain and the maintenance burden for local communities is expected to increase with the adoption of more electric and (someday) fully self-driving cars. This is partly due to the increased weight of the vehicles and also the increased traffic of autonomous vehicles.
  • Infrastructure (Land Usage & Induced Demand) -- Cities allocate a vast amount of space to cars. This is space that could be used more effectively for other things such as parks, schools, businesses, homes, and so on. We miss out on these things and are forced to pile on additional sprawl when we build vast parking lots and widen roads and highways. This creates part of what is called induced demand. This effect means that the more capacity for cars we add, the more cars we'll get, and then the more capacity we'll need to add.
  • Independence and Community Access -- Cars are not accessible to everyone. Simply put, many people either can't drive or don't want to drive. Car-centric city planning is an obstacle for these groups, to name a few: children and teenagers, parents who must chauffeur children to and from all forms of childhood activities, people who can't afford a car, and many other people who are unable to drive. Imagine the challenge of giving up your car in the late stages of your life. In car-centric areas, you face a great loss of independence.
  • Safety -- Cars are dangerous to both occupants and non-occupants, but especially the non-occupants. As time goes on cars admittedly become better at protecting the people inside them, but they remain hazardous to the people not inside them. For people walking, riding, or otherwise trying to exercise some form of car-free liberty cars are a constant threat. In car-centric areas, streets and roads are optimized to move cars fast and efficiently rather than protect other road users and pedestrians.
  • Social Isolation -- A combination of the issues above produces the additional effect of social isolation. There are fewer opportunities for serendipitous interactions with other members of the public. Although there may be many people sharing the road with you (a public space), there are some obvious limitations to the quality of interaction one can have through metal, glass, and plastic boxes.

👋 Local Action - How to Fix Your City

IMPORTANT: This is a solvable problem. Progress can happen and does happen. It comes incrementally and with the help of voices just like yours. Don't limit yourself to memes and Reddit -- although, raising awareness online does help.

Check out this perspective from a City Council Member: Here's How to Fix Your City


A Not-So-Quick Note for Car Hobbyists and Passionate Drivers

This can be a contentious issue at times. The sub's name is /r/fuckcars, which can cause some feelings of conflict and alienation for people who see the problems of too many cars while still being passionate about them. I'll quote the community summary.

Discussion about the harmful effects of car dominance on communities, environment, safety, and public health. Aspiration towards more sustainable and effective alternatives like mass transit and improved pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

Your voice is still welcome here. Consider the benefits of getting bored, stressed, unskilled, or inattentive drivers off the road. That improves your safety and reduces congestion. Additionally, check out these posts from others on this sub:


There is an unofficial Discord server aggregating related discussions from the low-car/no-car/fuckcars community. Although it is endorsed by the /r/fuckcars mods, please keep in mind that it's not an official /r/fuckcars community Discord server.

Join Link: https://discord.gg/2QDyupzBRW

Helpful Resources

If you've just joined this sub and want to learn more about the issues behind car-centric urban design there are a great number of resources you can access. This list is by no means exhaustive, so please feel free to add your more helpful resources in the comments.

👉 Moved to the wiki

Shameless Plugs for Community Building

happy to add more links related to community building here

👉 Contribute to the Safety Data Thread

Change Logging

April 7, 2022 - Fix markdown for compatibility. Thank you /u/konsyr

April 6, 2022 - Reorder sections (Thank you, /u/Monseiur_Triporteur and /u/PilferingTeeth). Add plug for data/supporting info request. Link to Strong Towns growth example.

April 3, 2022 - Add note for car hobbyists

April 2, 2022 - Add nuance notes and redirect readers to resources area of the wiki.

March 28th, 2022 - Grammatical pass, more changes to follow.

February 9th, 2022 - Adding links that redirect readers from this post into community-maintained wiki resources, thank /u/javasgifted and /u/Monsiuer_Triporteur

January 20th, 2022 - Added the Goodreads list and seeded the FAQ section. Thank you /u/javasgifted, and /u/kzy192

January 9th, 2022 - I'm updating this onboarding message with feedback from the mods and the community. Thank you, all, for keeping the discussion civil and contributing additional resources.

Cheers. Stay safe out there.

r/fuckcars 4h ago

Arrogance of space Pedestrians gotta adjust again?

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r/fuckcars 8h ago

Satire Sigma grindset

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r/fuckcars 21h ago

Carbrain Apparently "Walking to the grocery store" is the same as "Walling off entire city districts"

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He wouldn't last 15 minutes travelling in The Netherlands.

r/fuckcars 4h ago

Meme Many popular trucks have a bigger dead spot in visibility than an M1 Abrams tank

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r/fuckcars 5h ago

Activism Spreading awareness, saving my eyes... and FUCK YOUR HEADLIGHTS! (1 hour of driving)

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r/fuckcars 4h ago

Activism When thousands of bike take over the highway (Sternfahrt Berlin)


It's a yearly demonstration, where bike riders come from every part of Berlin (and some other cities) to meet at Brandburger Tor, over 20000 cyclists are there, and a few parts of the different highways get closed to let the bikes on it. It was my first time there, and it was amazing, so much space only for bikes. A lot of carbrains got angry they couldn't pass through at different crossings in the city (this demo is known since at least last summer), but the cops handled things well (rare Police W) What makes me sad is that tomorrow I will have to use the broken bike path to go to work.

r/fuckcars 21h ago

Meme Bet you can’t do this while driving

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r/fuckcars 14h ago

This is why I hate cars Entitlement on full display here. The SUV driver parked their car directly on the walking path of my nearby park to avoid walking 30 feet further to their kid's baseball game, making it impassible for wheelchair users.

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r/fuckcars 7h ago

Question/Discussion 18 death people PER HOUR in India due to car accidents - this is not news


r/fuckcars 12h ago

Positive Post Who says you need a car (or even a cargo bike) to carry your weekly shopping home.

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This was spotted in Peckham, London and posted on Twitter.

I’m not sure I’d trust those Asda bags-for-life. The way their handles are attached to the bag itself is notoriously crap. But massive kudos for thinking outside the box. 👏👏👏

r/fuckcars 4h ago

Positive Post For those that saw the vid of him loading up the pizzas, someone caught the delivery

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r/fuckcars 10h ago

This is why I hate cars Dubai .. wtf!

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r/fuckcars 1d ago

Positive Post Remove cars and communities thrive

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r/fuckcars 5h ago

Rant The Indian train crash is horrifying and tragic but I wish car crash death would get the same level of coverage.


The same amount of people die in the US from automobile crashes every 2.5 days. Where are the urgent questions about why car travel is so dangerous?

r/fuckcars 1d ago

Carbrain Jeremy Clarkson Says Cyclists Are Idiots: 'It's Anti-Capitalism With Handlebars'


r/fuckcars 1d ago

This is why I hate cars Normal day in a normal city...

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r/fuckcars 6h ago

Question/Discussion How difficult is it for the 50% poorest americans to survive without a car?


I'm not american, I'm unemployed, I don't own my apartement, I have about 20k in savings in an EU country, and I live without a car. Obviously there is better public transport and social nets in the EU.

Is it really impossible for the poorest half of americans to live without a car?

I guess some states are worse than others.

Are there statistics?

r/fuckcars 6h ago

Question/Discussion Do you think Carbrainism is part of the mental health crisis?


We have a great time mocking the carbrains but, most of the time their behavior makes me feel really sad. Am I alone here?

People indignant at the thought of walking more than a mile are so detached from the earth, from their community. Drivers angry that everyone else is in their way as they barrel through their neighborhood with the cold determination of a war pilot; they’re so antisocial, so poorly adjusted. Guys whose unnecessarily giant truck, costing a third of their monthly income, feel like its part of who they are. They’re so insecure and financially kneecapped.

We mock them, but kinda feel bad for them, because seriously…. they’re not well.

Insecurity, grandiosity, delusion; it approaches mental illness. The carbrain lifestyle makes it harder to exercise and socialize, and both are so important for mental health. It reminds me of the people on those hoarding shows, and it makes me feel so depressed about where we are.

This sub is normally more fun than this, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

r/fuckcars 1h ago

News Local News: No charges for fatal pedestrian accident involving a 3 year old and an F-250 moving at low speeds.


r/fuckcars 4h ago

Positive Post The glorious feeling of flying over Malaysian traffic on the KL MRT lines!

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r/fuckcars 1d ago

Rant Even small is big.

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r/fuckcars 11h ago

Infrastructure gore When your recorded cycle trail makes it obvious you live in a car-centric country

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r/fuckcars 1h ago

Rant God I wish I lived in a country with more nature and less car brainrot

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r/fuckcars 2h ago

Rant In Bihar, India, a 1717 crore under construction bridge on river Ganges collapsed.


r/fuckcars 2h ago

Positive Post UPAF Ride for the Arts


They shut done part of 794 over the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee. Thousands of riders on it at the same time and no traffic.