Car-free living, bicycling, pedestrians, mass transit

Cars are only one way to move our butts around town, or across countries or continents.  The predominance of cars (and motorcycles and trucks) for travel was supposed to give us lots of freedom, but instead has blighted the landscape with roads, and trapped us in gridlock (in many cities).  This tool that was meant to be beneficial to us all, has instead become a major source of problems.

There are other ways to travel.  For short distances around town, especially in urban settings, a combination of bicycling or motorcycling, walking, and public mass transit lets us get around at low cost, low energy usage, low environmental impact, and low total ownership cost.

Bicycle and Pedestrian friendly street design: Urban planning often presumes that cars are the best way to get around.  Cities do not have to be designed for the benefit of car drivers over every other transportation method.  Cities can be designed to provide balance between all kinds of transportation, by making it safer for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users.

Car-Free Living, Zero Vehicle Household, Transit Access: The car-dominated urban design patterns make it harder for low income people to access affordable transit options.

Shared Transportation, Carpooling, etc: One key is the “sharing” of transportation vehicles among multiple people.  The “sharing economy” concept is actually old – since public owned mass transit is the Sharing Economy applied to transportation.  Many new services exist offering sharing of vehicles among users of the service, whether it’s ride sharing, car sharing, or even bus systems.

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