The Battle Between Buses, Bikes & Automobiles

By Emy Louie. Edited by

This image shows the same number of people driving, biking and busing in Munster, Germany. Notice how driving a car takes up much more physical space than biking or busing. Image from “Eco2 Cities” by Hiroaki Suzuki

I attended an electric car convention. Even though electric cars solve the pollution problem, too many cars, whether electric or gasoline, on the roads still cause the problem of physical congestion–too many people drive too many automobiles, clogging the roads and causing headaches for all drivers.  Unnecessary congestion decreases the enjoyment of riding and driving an automobile and decreases enjoyment of the streets for non-automobile users.

A walkable community in Washington, D.C.

The roads would be much less congested if two thirds of Americans that solely depend on the automobile to get around, get out of their automobiles and move to walkable communities.  Then the one-third that is left, should drive electric cars.

We spend a lot of resources, time and energy storing our cars in a garage or parking space during the 96 per cent of the time we are not driving them.

What a big parking lot!

At least taxis are more resource efficient because they are being used most of the day or night.

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