February 6, 2012
Everywhere on earth metropolitan areas suffer from growing congestion. The situation is bound to become worse, especially in emerging countries, as everybody wants to have a car.
More individual traffic cannot be the answer, not the electric car, not even car-sharing. Cities have only one solution: extend their public transport systems, make them faster and more frequent, while at the same time inhibiting individual transport.
Brussels is an example of flawed policies during the 1960-80s, when those in charge believed that it would be possible to expand population far beyond the city limits and rely on cars as the major means transport. The result: in 2011 only one third of the daily commuters to Brussels used public transport! It is only slowly that those in charge attempt to correct earlier mistakes and catch up with Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or Frankfurt and their […]