Re: WorldTransport Forum Car free living in eastern Europe
> This changing in the people's views means that a car is not considered asThere has been a saying that has been used to explain how our society got so
> a status symbol any more.
structured for cars, not people:
"There are two kinds of people. Those who own cars, and those who wish they
Now there is a change in this, due to frustrations, and we get a chance to
test out a variation of the saying:
"There are two kinds of people. Those who can live without a car, and those
who wish they could."
This new reality/sensibility might be the basis for finding a coalition for
returning our communities to walk-first, all-inclusive, clean, quiet
- For data on transit use trends and other sustainable transport topics concerning Central and Eastern Europe check out:
Regional Environmental Center
for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
or the Central European Initiative
(section on muti-modal transport)
Also, the OECD might have good sources as well.
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:27:13 +0000
Subject: WorldTransport Forum Car free living in eastern Europe
for years it was common to say that in a modern society everybody needs access to a car. Now I read that in Germany one in ten does not want to have a car which is a quite remarkable number. Only one third of the car free households said that they cannot afford a car.
This changing in the people's views means that a car is not considered as a status symbol any more.
Now, my question is whether anybody has some information about the situation in the eastern European countries? There, people could not afford a car for long and still it is seen as an expression of extravagance. I suppose there might also be a movement towards more ecological mobility but it has much less power than in other countries. The eastern European countries now have the great chance not to repeat the same mistakes as we did in the 60's and 70's in western Europe. How great is the opportunity that they may learn from other people's mistakes than making their own?
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