Car free living
- We've talked before on this forum about how high gas prices would have
to climb before large numbers of people begin biking to work. I think
someone even had a chart that said $4 a gallon would prompt large
numbers of converts. Here's a German town where $6 a gallon gas has
nearly everyone biking.
- On Jan 3, matt7john wrote:
> We've talked before on this forum about how high gas prices wouldGreat article, but it clearly outlines a whole raft of design
> have to climb before large numbers of people begin biking to work.
> I think
> someone even had a chart that said $4 a gallon would prompt large
> numbers of converts. Here's a German town where $6 a gallon gas has
> nearly everyone biking.
philosophy and incentives in addition to high fuel prices that
contributed to what Vauban has become. The money quote:
"In 1998, Freiburg bought land from the German government and worked
with Delleske's group to lay out a master plan for the area, keeping
in mind the ecological, social, economic, and cultural goals of
reducing energy levels while creating healthier air and a solid
infrastructure for young families. Rather than handing the area to a
real estate developer, the city let small homeowner cooperatives
design and build their homes from scratch."
Their land use and infrastructure were specifically designed to
reduce dependance on cars. If we want to get away from a car-centric
culture here in the US, it will take more than high fuel prices.
Judging by the way the wind blows in contemporary urban design (as
it's practiced formally and informally), I'd guess that 1974-style
fuel shortages would be the most likely impetus for any sort of
significant change in direction. I guess we'll see...