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Comments on: Where are all the cars going to go? http://quickrelease.tv/?p=252 Bicycle videos and fluff Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:10:50 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.5 By: Carlton Reid http://quickrelease.tv/?p=252#comment-17958 Carlton Reid Wed, 28 Nov 2007 09:48:49 +0000 http://quickrelease.tv/?p=252#comment-17958 The British and American mentality needs to change before that. Cars are good for some journeys, daft for others. <br />In Germany the per capita car ownership is higher than the UK but cycle use is higher too because owners of expensive Mercs and BMWs don't always use them for every journey. <br />One way to instil such a cycle culture in the UK - and US, although it'll be harder - is for designers of cities to build less amenities for cars. So, as that report in the article says, cities need to be made more compact, and designed around walking, cycling and public transit. <br />Governments can help by legislating for such compact cities. <br /> Unfortunately, this isn't happening right now. Too many new houses are being built on 'Green Belt' land for car commuters instead of Wayne Hemingway style developments on Brown Field sites in city centres. The British and American mentality needs to change before that. Cars are good for some journeys, daft for others.

In Germany the per capita car ownership is higher than the UK but cycle use is higher too because owners of expensive Mercs and BMWs don’t always use them for every journey.

One way to instil such a cycle culture in the UK - and US, although it’ll be harder - is for designers of cities to build less amenities for cars. So, as that report in the article says, cities need to be made more compact, and designed around walking, cycling and public transit.

Governments can help by legislating for such compact cities.

Unfortunately, this isn’t happening right now. Too many new houses are being built on ‘Green Belt’ land for car commuters instead of Wayne Hemingway style developments on Brown Field sites in city centres.

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By: Fritz http://quickrelease.tv/?p=252#comment-17911 Fritz Wed, 28 Nov 2007 03:13:38 +0000 http://quickrelease.tv/?p=252#comment-17911 Market forces will solve the car problem, Carlton. North Sea oil production has been declining since 1999 and has worldwide oil production peaked in 2005 or 2006. We'll see prices rise dramatically over the next couple of years to the point that only the very rich can afford to drive. Then the roads will belong to the cyclists. Market forces will solve the car problem, Carlton. North Sea oil production has been declining since 1999 and has worldwide oil production peaked in 2005 or 2006. We’ll see prices rise dramatically over the next couple of years to the point that only the very rich can afford to drive. Then the roads will belong to the cyclists.

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