I originally posted a version of this post as a comment on Mastodon(external link) but I thought I might as well syndicate it back here. The context was a poll about whether or not the slogan “ban cars” is ableist.

The thing that gets me about the “non-car-centric societies are ableist” line is that there are way more disabled people who can’t or shouldn’t drive than there are disabled people who have to drive (or, much more likely, be driven). I’m one of them – I mean, perhaps it’d be a little strong to say I “shouldn’t” drive, but it’s more difficult and less safe for me than for an able-bodied person and I would much rather walk and take public transport, which I can do as fully as anyone else. It’s the car-centric status quo that’s ableist!

Like @futzle said(external link), “ban cars” is a simplistic slogan; its purpose is to shock and challenge people rather than be a full and complete policy position. I’ve never heard anyone use it who actually wanted accessible taxis banned, or even private motor vehicles if they have to be extensively modified for an individual’s needs. This seems to be an uncharitable interpretation by people who want some politically-correct excuse to defend car-centricity.