Many of us still believe that the private car is a symbol of progress and individual freedom. Unfortunately, the car is one of the worst inventions ever made because if every person on this planet is trying to purchase their own car we’ll soon run out of resources and space and global heating is going to accelerate even further. Here is the scientific explanation of why we need to get rid of the automobile if we want to continue to live on this planet.
While I agree to what you say, I wonder what remedial or alternative measures can be adopted to tide over the problem.
You will find the answer to your question when you start reading articles and books about ‘new mobility concepts’. The technical solutions have been available for quite a while but it takes several generations to get rid of the car addiction.
I love riding my e-bike. No petrol needed at all, just a bit of electricity to charge the battery.
It is true. I don’t know if you like cycling, but an e-bike gives you all the benefits of keeping yourself in terrific shape. You have to make the movements, but if there’s a strong wind, you won’t even feel it. I even bought some rain clothing and I usually reach 25 kilometers an hour when riding and I don’t even have to take a break.
I am also addicted of my car but I used to ride my bicycle twice a week for office.
When a city is crowded with cars, local authorities should develop a system of civil transport and underground. But then, underground zones get crowded too. May elevated highways be a solution to this problem, like we can see in Japan, for example? I suppose that it has a sense.
But I also thought that a lot of fields are digitized now, and people move from offices to remote work. Then they do not need to use any transport to get to their workplaces. In my opinion, it is a significant push to the new mobility concepts.
Hello Irene, thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts on this topic. I think it’s time for us to redesign our cities in such a way that they are centered around people rather than cars. The most efficient mode of transport in an urban environment is walking followed by biking and various micromobility solutions such as monocycles, scooters and skateboards. If we get rid of the car we’ll gain a lot of freedom on many levels. Have you been to a city like Amsterdam or Kopenhagen? What is public transit like in the city you live in?