Mobility in Cities is About Space – Proven Powerfully in Pictures!

March 30, 2015 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

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Even if all vehicles became electric tomorrow (which they won’t), … the truth is there’s no totally “clean” energy source, no energy without impacts. The only real energy solutions are urban densities, use-mixes and patterns, and personal choices, that depend on much less energy. That means efforts like making walking, biking and public transit truly inviting options in our cities and communities.

Regardless of the energy source for cars in your community, the biggest mobility challenge in cities is the massive amount of space that cars demand. Space to drive in, and space to park in. Space for cars even when the cars aren’t using it – dedicated space for “potential cars.” It’s staggering really, how much of a city is set aside for cars, and how unwilling we often are to even share that space with other uses and users.

The truth is, as powerful as these images are in making the point, they’re not really accurate. The space difference shown only reflects when vehicles aren’t moving – when they’re parked. When vehicles are moving, they take up much more space. The faster they move, the more separation distance and space between vehicles is needed. So these images are actually significantly understating the point.

See the dramatic pics at Mobility in Cities is About Space, by Brent Toderian at Planetizen.

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Entry filed under: Active Transportation, Energy.

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