Did you know that 80 percent of young Germans don’t want a car? And that number is rising?
That’s according to Road.cc, which reported earlier this week on cycling’s “Cinderalla” nature: “ignored, mistreated, and yet to have its day.”
Among other things, the article mentions that car ownership in Germany is expected to drop from 570 vehicles per 1,000 people(!) to a mere 250 per 1,000 people by 2020. Also, for the cost of a kilometer of urban freeway the government could build instead 150 kilometers of bike paths or 10,000 kilometers of bike lanes. Those are pretty staggering stats.
The article’s point is that despite the lessing importance of cars in Germany the government is still incorrectly spending a lot of money on them. And that’s an important lesson to remember.
But a couple of more basic lessons might be equally useful for those of us living in the still car-centric West: 1) public transit has helped alleviate car usage and 2) car infrastructure is very expensive. Those lessons are especially important to remember as the U.S., like Germany before it, gradually adds more transit choices to its cities.