The traffic turnaround begins – everywhere

The traffic turnaround begins - everywhere

Bicycle City Amsterdam. Image: kirkandmimi

The amption that the car is a cheap means of transportation is a pious self-deception. Driving is expensive, destructive to the environment and dangerous to life. A comment

We live in a car dictatorship with terrible consequences, which we suppressed. Therefore a number, which is surely shocking for many readers of this article: since 1945 worldwide 120 million traffic deaths on our roads. For those who can’t believe it, research this number yourself.

The car kills more people than Ebola or malaria. The basic law of all religions "Thou shalt not kill" was put in force in the road traffic.

A positive exception example is in Germany the city Freiburg. Here, many speed 30 zones have been politically enforced in recent years. This strategy has led to the fact that in the center of the university city 24% of all trips are made by foot, 28% by bicycle, 20% by public transport and only 28% by car. Real progress.

In Munster, more than 40 percent of all trips are made by bicycle. The German top value.

Since 2011, Munchen has also been aggressively promoting a new cycling culture, with substantial municipal funding. The "Bike Capital Campaign" aims to get hundreds of thousands of people on bicycles. In the "new culture of mobility" the bicycle should play a central role.

Since our mobility behavior is not solely determined by rationality, the choice of bicycle for everyday urban mobility is to be "emotionally charged" . Joy, pleasure and enjoyment are at the center of the advertising for bicycles – something has probably been copied from car advertising.

Or Aachen: Here, 5.500 electric cars have been built for the postal service throughout Germany. Back in 2010, professors Achim Kamper and Gunther Schuh and their students began to develop an electric car for the postal service.

In the meantime, they have shown the major German car companies how the future works: from 2018, there will be at least 20.000 electric cars a year. In a few years, the postal service in Germany will be 100% electric and will always run on eco-electricity.

Or Hamburg: From 2020, only zero-emission buses will be allowed to run in this city of over a million inhabitants. At the diesel summit, the German government incidentally made 100 million euros available for the purchase of e-buses. Of course, much more is possible. It could be that even the country of the Volkswagen will become a nation without cars in the long term.

Or Wiesbaden wants only emission-free public transport from 2022 onwards.

Or Oslo: The city government has decided that the center of Norway’s capital will be car-free by 2019. Oslo wants to become Europe’s environmental capital and reduce its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2020. It’s about giving the city back to the people. A large part of the population is simply fed up with the bad air.

Or Helsinki: From 2020, every point in the city is to be reached by bus, train, bicycle or electric rental car.

Or Copenhagen: Denmark’s capital city is reducing its parking spaces every year, building two-lane bicycle lanes with a green wave at the expense of motorists, and demanding more public transport. BMW already operates 400 electric rental cars here. There are over 600 charging stations.

Copenhagen also shows that the demand for bicycle traffic is predominantly at the expense of car traffic. The demolition of streets and garages creates places for cafes, green areas and bike paths.

Or Stockholm: Since 2016, a trip to the city center by gasoline car costs 12 euros in and 12 euros out. Driving is not banned, but it is becoming more expensive and thus less expensive.

Or Amsterdam: Bicycle lobbyist Cornelia Dinc says: "Cycling is the best mobility concept for people’s quality of life: Better air, more space in the city, relaxed pace."

The young woman grew up in Calgary, Canada, and now says: "We had to take the car for every purchase. The fact that we in Amsterdam no longer know where to put the bicycles is actually a success."

A luxury problem. For years, Amsterdam has become the "best bicycle city in the world" kurt. Cornelia Dinc wrote her master’s thesis on how Amsterdam was transformed from the "car-friendly city" in the eighties to the "smart city" of today. The reversal began with rude demonstrations against the death of children on the streets 40 years ago.

For Ms. Dinc, cars are not an enemy: "I don’t think we need to get rid of cars in principle. Riding a bike in Amsterdam is simply much more fun". A desire for bicycles makes us want to ride in the future. That’s why bicycles account for 60% of city traffic.

Or Paris: In 2016, at the start of the Motor Show, the city permanently declared the right bank of the Seine a pedestrian zone. Only pedestrians and cyclists were allowed to drive here. Cycling is to be challenged with 100 million euros.

In 1849, the New York Times wrote about the first bicycles: "They make people crazy." And the newspaper "The Spokesman-Review" even said in 1897 that women, especially those who ride bicycles, have the urge to run down others.

Today, a recent study by the University of Glasgow finds that people who regularly use bicycles are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases or cancer than drivers of cars. From 2024, no diesel vehicles will be allowed to drive in Paris, and from 2030, no gasoline vehicles.

Or London: Every year, about 10,000.000 people die in the city from air pollution. England’s capital has tightened congestion charging and plans to phase out diesel engines. When the city toll was introduced in 2003, car traffic was moving through the city of eight million people at just eleven kilometers per hour. The subway travels five times faster.

Already in the first year 50.000 drivers abandoned their cars and 400.000 Londoners switched to the public transport system. In the meantime, drivers in London pay 16 euros in tolls – per day. older Londoners still remember with horror the "Great Smog" in 1952, when their capital was engulfed in a cloud of exhaust fumes. Tens of thousands of people suffered breathing problems, 12.000 people died.

Or Oxford: The famous university city is more consistent than London. As early as 2020, all gasoline and diesel vehicles will be banned from the city center. Neither cabs nor buses nor private cars will be allowed to drive through the city center. The ban zone will be extended every five years. From 2035, only electric cars will be allowed in the whole of Oxford.

Or Moscow: From September 2017, Russia’s capital will have 20 kilometers of new bike lanes, for which car lanes have been narrowed for the first time. 300 traffic lights for cyclists to be installed by Moscow’s mayor.

Or Shenzen: In this city of 12 million in southern China, there are already 16.000 e-buses on the road, not a single gasoline bus more, and 13.000 electric cabs. World record as Greencity.

Or Tokyo: A parking space costs around 400 euros per month. No more car permits without proof of a parking space. In Japan’s capital, only 18% of the inhabitants still own a car. 95% of all traffic in Tokyo is public transport. Suburban trains and subways run every three minutes. For young Japanese, the smartphone has long been more important than a car.

Or India: From 2030, all new cars must be electric.

Or the USA: Eight states have joined forces in an initiative to put more than three million electric cars on the road by 2025.

Or Switzerland: Helvetia is the land of rail fans. Public transport plays a more important role here than in almost any other country. A Swiss person travels 2479 kilometers by train every year, compared with only 1115 kilometers in Germany, which is far more generous, and Austria with 1426 kilometers.

Nine out of ten Swiss have a "General abonnement", a Bahncard 100. The Swiss have an unparalleled love of trains, buses and streetcars. The secret of success: Swiss trains are punctual and very reliable. (Readers have pointed out that this figure is inflated. There are said to be 5.6 GAs per 100 inhabitants on average in the country.)

The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich, is now even planning an underground Guter pneumatic tube: a Cargo sous Terrain! Starting in 2045, Guter will be shipped underground in a sophisticated tunnel system. Thus 40% of the Guter traffic could disappear from the street. In Zurich, city policy is fully committed to public transport. If you want to live in the Kalkbreite district, you can’t own a car.

On all highways in Switzerland the speed limit is 120 kilometers per hour. Transport turnaround begins worldwide.

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