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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Car, Bus or Bike.

The space needed to transport the same number of people by car, bus or bicycle. (From the Munster Planning Office, Germany, 2001, via Ritik)

29 comments:

Jessie Cacciola said...

this is just awesome. xo

Dennise said...

wow, what an eye opening thought.

MissEm said...

I love this! Makes me feel good about only driving a few times a month :)

micaman said...

nice comparison ;)

SW said...

Have you seen the video that Nick and I were in for transportation alternatives. It was all about this! They also show posters of the same thing done in Portland. It is so neat!

Alex said...

That is such an elegant way to demonstrate this. It could replace about 10,000 news stories I've read on the subject of "green transportation."

Leigh said...

what a breathtaking illustration of the wastefulness of cars!

Chelsea said...

Love this!!!

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

so very cool

Ann said...

That's pretty cool. It should come out of a lot of city's planning office. I'd love to see a highway with this same image idea.

stacy said...

clever.

molly said...

gads, you introduce me to such FANTASTIC things out there! thank you!

Anonymous said...

i'd love to ride a bike as my 1st choice of transportation, but, in america, i can't trust drivers of cars. i've experienced first hand being sideswiped in a crosswalk of all places, by a car too impatient to wait, let alone friends who have been seriously hurt by drivers not paying attention. i just don't trust other people enough to be green. this breaks my heart.

Joyce said...

If I remember correctly, I have seen something remarkably similar at the Transport Museum in London. The public transport also made a similar poster encouraging people to take buses instead of driving back in the 1960s/1970s. Either way, very cool!

Prêt à Voyager said...

Fascinating! and hooray for no cars!

anne

Nick Goddard said...
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Nick Goddard said...

This is terribly misleading. It shows the amount of space needed to cram people together. Literally, this is basically the same ratio as a single person to a car to a bike. People don't walk like that, people don't drive like that, and people don't ride like that.

so what can you glean from it? Well, I'm not sure exactly. Each mode suits a different type of trip, and each can cross types if necessary (i.e. riding 30 miles to see someone in need, or driving around the block if someone's ankle hurts). Also, as speeds increase, the footprint needed to feel comfortable increases. Everyone has walked in a crowded place, but have you ran in a crowd (like when rushing a football field?). Being in a stampede is terrifying--you don't have enough space to mess up.

Driving a car is a similar story. If you follow the "two second rule" then you'd be literally bumper-to-bumper at a standstill, rising to 88ft away at 60mph (and each is "comfortable).

So this is an arrangement of what people would look like at a stoplight. A diagram with 50 people each traveling in the natural city gait of 3 mph walk, 12mph bike and 30mph car I suspect the diagram would give a better understanding of road-space usage. Even then, however, it wouldn't make sense to use only one method of transportation in a city. More likely, a rebalancing is necessary to give "some" of the street area that is now reserved for cars over to pedestrians or cyclists. Right now, many people resist cycling because cars "rule the road". This is an undesirable situation, since both the elderly and the young should be able to travel around with ease...

Of course, the government rakes in a TON of money from road tax, ticketing, road repair, fuel tax, and tax on the revenues of all the companies that sell and maintain cars, so our 'beloved' automobile will not go anywhere soon.

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Nick Goddard said...

Sarah Wilson and I were in a similar demonstration in New York last year--the only thing you realized was that it was horrible to be crammed with so many other cyclists, even at a standstill.

room to breathe-NYC

A much better "room to breathe" poster can be seen at the following link:

Room to breathe-portland

Again, bikes rock--much quieter than cars, they don't use much energy to travel (in fact, they use fewer calories per pound per mile than any other method of transport ever--including fish, birds, 747's, cars, etc.). but what they don't do is allow you to travel anywhere fast when you're shoulder to shoulder with 40 people!

Nick Goddard said...

Sarah Wilson and I were in a similar demonstration in New York last year--the only thing you realized was that it was horrible to be crammed with so many other cyclists, even at a standstill.

room to breathe-NYC

A much better "room to breathe" poster can be seen at the following link:

Room to breathe-portland

Again, bikes rock--much quieter than cars, they don't use much energy to travel (in fact, they use fewer calories per pound per mile than any other method of transport ever--including fish, birds, 747's, cars, etc.). but what they don't do is allow you to travel anywhere fast when you're shoulder to shoulder with 40 people!

Alex said...

And for all those readers who choose to actually address the issues raised by Comrade Nick, check out the New York Times Sunday Styles section this weekend--there's a big story about the chaos ensuing from the battle between bikes, cars, and pedestrians. We do need to figure this stuff out if we're going to be something other than a car-based culture.

Z said...

Love this! It really shows us how it would be easier if everyone just rode a bike ; less traffic, less accidents and less CO2 emmisions!!

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David Hembrow said...

I think this is much older than 2001. Certainly I saw something very similar at least 20 years ago.

Anyway, if you want to see a place where infrastructure isn't trying to convince everyone to drive, come and take a look at the Netherlands.

In this city there are more cycle journeys than car journeys. Rich, poor, old and young alike cycle every day, and in comfort rather than in competition with motor vehicles.

The rush hour looks like this.

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