Journeys may be as important as the destination but they are still made infinitely more enjoyable by speed. Going fast is, after all, the great goal and privilege of modern life. Thanks to the Internet, smart phones, monorails, direct flights and automatic deposit, we can do everything with our foot on the gas. Ironically, the only time we hit the brakes is when we’re actually in a car.
Texas’ decision to adopt an 85 mph speed limit for the road between Austin and San Antonio was a step in the right direction. When the limit goes in to effect in November, drivers will have a chance to push their cars — and perhaps themselves — to the limit. This seems intrinsically American and ideal for road trippers making their way around the country or simply seeking out memorable roads.
Of course, the fine people of Texas would be the first to tell you that there is more room left to cut regulation. If America wants to embrace speed, our planners and highway adopters should seek to emulate these roads, where fast is average and average might as well be parked.