Bill Telfer said:
>Hmm,this comes up just as I read some new census statistics from Hong
>Kong. These say that 12.3% of adults walk to work and 38% of
>children walk to school. 48% of workers catch buses, 17.8% the MTR
>(underground). It reads well, probably much better than many a
>city. "Only" 6.9% private car. I want to try and figure out from
>this and from actual vehicle numbers I suppose, why cars seem so
>much more numerous, or is it just that every car in HK is out to get
>me as i cycle to work.
It's only a more extreme version of Manhattan--the place is swarming
with cars, yet they provide a comparatively small proportion of
mobility. Car usage expands to use the space made available to them.
If NYC simply decided to double the width of sidewalks and convert
lanes into bike-only lanes, then car usage would decline to the level
at which congestion declined to levels drivers find acceptable.
"Cars take all the room you give them."
And car drivers may not be out to get you, but that doesn't mean
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