How the urban world is harming itself by being blind to its flaws
Over and over again, we come across the old adage “Pictures speak louder than words”, leading to the equally old question: “Do they?”
These pictures might-
Here are 200 people in 177 cars (a typical congested street)
Now, here are the 200 people without cars (notice how less space they occupy)-
What if those 200 people were fit into a bus? (Who knew 177 cars could occupy so much space?)
Better still, how about we fit the 200 people on one light rail train?
Where is the traffic jam?
Gone. Poof. Vanished.
Where are the 200 people?
They are still on the way to their workplace. The only difference is — now the road has room for 400 more people and 0 complaints about traffic jams.
The next time you think of driving your car to work or booking an Uber for yourself, remember this — You aren’t stuck in traffic. YOU ARE THE TRAFFIC.