Striking Comics and Photos Demonstrate Space Wasted by Cars

This article has been making the rounds on social media recently and is really worth checking out. Both the comics and the photos help demonstrate how much of our urban landscape is designated for cars but inevitably ends up unused. To see more of the snowstorm images from Philadelphia blogger Jon Geeting be sure to follow the link to This Old City. For the original link to the Vox article click here.

“Most roads in the US are built for cars, not for pedestrians. Whether we’re happy or unhappy with this, most of us are aware of it.

But this brilliant illustration, by Claes Tingvall of the Swedish Road Administration, shows just how extreme the situation truly is — even in an urban business district that’s designed with pedestrians in mind:

walking illustration

By depicting roads as chasms and crosswalks as rickety planks spanning them, Tingvall shows just how lopsided the the proportions of a normal urban street corner really are.

One particularly interesting thing is that, in many places, much of the space dedicated to cars doesn’t actually get used by them. These photos, taken by Jon Geeting of the Philadelphia blog This Old City, show how a snowstorm reveals the many parts of Philly streets that aren’t traversed by cars regularly.”

snow tracks

 

Introducing the Litman ‘Chauffeuring Burden Index’

Introducing the Litman ‘Chauffeuring Burden Index’ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 – 6:00am PDT by Todd Litman One of the burdens of living in an automobile-dependent community is the significant amount of time and money that motorists must devote to chauffeuring non-drivers, including adolescents and adults with disabilities or low incomes who would travel independently if they had better transport options. This additional vehicle travel imposes direct costs on drivers, and increases external costs including traffic and parking congestion, infrastructure costs, traffic accident risk and pollution emissions. Travel surveys suggest that 5-15% of total personal motor vehicle travel consists of chauffeuring.