27 Jun '11, 4pm

Crazy Europeans think people are more important than cars

Crazy Europeans think people are more important than cars

In Zurich, trams and pedestrians take precedence over cars. Photo: iwouldstay There's a fascinating piece in today's New York Times about the thinking and methodology behind some of Europe's most progressive transportation policies. It's got kind of an unfortunate headline: "Europe Stifles Drivers in Favor of Alternatives ." (In the print edition, where the story had top billing on the front page, it was "Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy".) But let's put that aside for the moment. The Times piece catalogs the multiple disincentives to driving in European cities, including limits on parking, congestion pricing, restrictions on cars in center cities, and decent public transit and bike infrastructure. Why are so many European cities doing these things? Because they realize that continuing to build a transport system around the automobile is unsustainable in prett...

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