ON Green Transport Policy

The world is embracing change and planning for the future technology and lifestyles. Just how will for example cities of the future look like? In Tianjin, China builds its vision of such a city and somehow misses the point.

While numerous communities are making successful efforts to move from a car friendly to a human friendly, walkable and cyclable city design, China’s planers seem to pursue an hopelessly outdated US model from the 70s with huge car thoroughfares, parking lots everywhere and basically no way to move around without cars. Granted, the roads are supposed to be occupied by electric cars but in China’s coal powered electricity world, this doesn’t really make a big difference. And most notably, car centred cities have long proven to discourage a healthy lifestyle, human exchanges and actually most of the things that make a city worth to be living in.

Chinese planers should better add some creativity or just simply go out and have a look at some of the already existing cities with outstanding quality of life. They will notice that all of the top performers in this league make it easy to move without cars, actually many of them make it difficult by design to take your car anywhere close to the centre. Solar powered streetlights are not quiet enough. In the most attractive cities of the future, cars will not commonly be used to get around. Chinese planers and political decision makers should take note and spare their population and the worlds’ CO2-balance sheet from an era of a car centred development model.

Source: Greenbiz

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