27 Jun '11, 8pm

Rethinking Silly Car Trips

Rethinking Silly Car Trips

Christoph Bangert for The New York Times The tram on Limmatquai in Zurich, a city that encourages use of public transportation. In an article in Monday’s Times, I write about various strategies that European cities are using to cut down on private car use and inner-city driving. In Zurich, a multipronged approach has left residents less likely to own a car and less likely to use one if they do. The goal is to make cities more livable and environmentally responsible places by rebalancing the rights of automobile drivers with those of pedestrians, bicyclists and people who use public transportation. As I toured Zurich with Andy Fellmann, its chief transportation planner, he emphasized that he did not dislike cars or drivers per se. But he believes that private cars are generally not appropriate for city centers, where the pollution and traffic detract from the cityscape. As ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/rethinking-sill...

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