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Speaking in Volumes: Cars, Buses, and Bikes — Carectomy - Removing Cars from People

Speaking in Volumes: Cars, Buses, and Bikes

by Joshua Liberles on January 14, 2008

Muenster Speaking in Volumes: Cars, Buses, and Bikes
 
The photo above (larger image here) illustrates yet another resource that cars waste: public space. This triptych shows the amount of room needed to transport the same number of people by car, bus, or bicycle.
 
In addition to polluting our air, contributing to global warming, being unsafe, requiring a huge infrastructure of pavement, highways, and "free" parking, and making us all generally less happy, cars just take up too much damned room!
 
The coolest thing about this image: it’s a poster on display in the City Planning Office in Muenster, Germany. Muenster is known for its progressive stance towards alternative transportation and its well-developed network of bicycle routes.
 
Can you imagine if it were typical for city planning offices to have posters like this one displayed as a model for change? The world would be a very different place.
 
Via Emiliano, PushingPedals.org.
 

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1 frisbee March 7, 2008 at 12:27 pm

How about the amount of kWh’s to be generates throughout the lifetime of such features compared to the total amount of energy to produce, transport, maintain en dispose/recycle them? Is there any figure that shows a net gain? In that case great! Otherwise of no help at all.

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2 Carl Foner March 12, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Also worth checking out is M2E (http://m2epower.com/). They’re also harnessing kinetic energy generated by just walking around and using it to power handheld devices.

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