Thinking about the Future of Urban Transportation

We started from foot traffic. Cities were great for that because they shrank the distances between places and people.

Since then, we have introduced horses, horse and carriage,  horse drawn public conveyances, bicycles, subways, individually owned motor cars, taxis, buses, and helicopters. We are about to automate things and are likely to see driverless motor transport and perhaps drones.

In other words, we have given quite a lot of attention over the years to how to get from point A to point B in a city. And it was not that long ago that we moved away from dirt streets to paved streets and sidewalks.

Have we reached nirvana yet? It appears not. We have figured out how to make transport very easy for individuals. But our success has led to incredible congestion and pollution. In other words, our traffic systems are not what they need to be in order to sustain further growth of cities.

So what is the answer? One answer may be more bicycles. At leat that is the current trend. CityLab offers an overview of why that looks attractive. This is the first post in a series.

And what if bikes could actually absorb and dispose of smog? Hmmm … interesting idea.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s