Every year on a day around September 22nd – a global organization drives an event with very interesting concept – the Car Free Day. The event is truly global – people in various cities around the world gather on the streets and remind everyone that our cities are being over-run by motor vehicles. Yes, this is easy for me to say as I drive in my nice car, right? But I truly think that we could be leveraging both forms of transportation in our daily lives.
Bicycles are truly amazing form of transportation – they occupy much less space on the roads, and accidents on a bike (if no cars or trucks involved) rarely end up in serious damage to the riders. Can you visualize how much space bikes take? Well these guys in Latvia recently pulled off an interesting demonstration — they used light frames to demo how much space bikes vs cars take on our streets
The blog here provides more interesting photos from that demo;
If you are interested further in the concept of global traffic thoroughfares with fewer cars and trucks check out the Web site of the World Carfree Network;
There is another aspect of car ownership or its reduction — if you are living in a downtown area – you may consider the Car2Go option. That alternative is being touted as the ‘new mobility’ option – why ? Due to the cost savings and reduction of overall vehicles on the roads as people share….Below (courtesy of Car2Go’s web site) are the costs for leveraging the Car2Go vehicles:
So, as you can imagine the option above is certainly a method for getting to a more car free / or near car free towns (where people share vehicles)….Oh, and saving on a vehicle will allow you to invest in more and nicer bike…YES!