Not so much. Not yet.
It's a work in progress. ☝️🤓
@evelyn well, it's nice that they are working on it!
Our capital is also doing the same, and it's getting so much better! 😁 They are also removing car traffic from the city, so now it feels more like a place where people are meant to be😛
That's nice. We're a long way from there here in North America. In my city, they're planning to spend 10 billion Canadian dollars to build a tunnel under the river to link two cities. We already have two bridges, heavily congested in rush hour. But every study shows that adding more roads only adds more traffic and after a few years, you get right back where you started.
Imagine spending this money on education or healthcare instead, but no... Cars. 🤦♂️
But if they made that exclusively for non gas/diesel motorized vehicles -- which will include pedal power 🚲 and smaller electric vehicles (never heard of an e-SUV yet) -- perhaps it wouldn't be too bad. Keeps #bikers safer.
But yeah, adding roads for private #cars isn't the solution. I'm not an expert but I think a real sign of progress in a city is when the people can get anywhere they need to go and be comfy without needing a car of their own.
@evelyn @normandc Oh, every day I'm in a car I fear that it will be my last day 😱
Maybe the traffic is more civilised where you live 😅 It's more dangerous to use a bicycle where I live though (I don't live in that capital I mentioned), so I often avoid travelling to places I can't take the train to. Haha
Traffic? Civilized? Here??! 🤣 Far from it! Traffic is awful because the drivers are. They can't wait, always want to get ahead, break the rules, have little regard for others.
I'm less afraid in a car. I'm not a wimp when it comes to driving. It's my normal. 😉
The vendor who sold my #eBike changed my bike's maximum* speed from 35kph down to 25kph. I said to him: oh don't worry I'm not planning on going fast. And he said, "Oh you'll want to when you get used to it and see how good it feels."
I was so amused. He was concerned like a Big Brother! 😅 #thankful 🙏
> never heard of an e-SUV yet
I hate to break it to you but: they're already here, and more are coming.
Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia Kona EV, Tesla Models X and Y are electric SUVs already available. More big e-SUVs are coming from VW, Kia, Hyundai (through the IONIQ brand) and many other brands. Here in North America, as far as I know, we're not getting new small EVs, only those blasted big things.
We have an electric car, and use it when we need to, but I really don't see why we need to build more highways in this area. Sure, in the morning rush there's a lot of queue on the existing road, that happens to pass just beside a railroad (that people can use instead, if they don't like the queue) 🤦♂️
It's better to greenify, make it more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. More roads won't solve traffic congestion. Our president already recommended long ago that businesses move away from the city centers. We already got real estate developments outside Metro Manila. #MoveOut or #WorkFromHome if possible. 🤷♀️
This is the Philippines?
Back in the eighties, I remember watching tv news reports showing China city streets filled with people riding bicycles, so many they were practically touching elbows. No cars in view (I think nobody could afford them back then). Now I believe they have as many cars as Western cities. I mean they deserve a higher standard of living (like everyone), but that's hardly progress...
When I was in #Beijing as short-term student (can't remember, some 20 years ago maybe) they had many people on #bicycles even on main roads, and especially at the University. We had a very elderly #wushu teacher who biked to school from faaaaar away (can't remember the distance, something like outside* city limits).
A coworker who was over 55 year old used to commute by bicycle a few times in the summer, he lived 50km from work! But he would do it no more than once or twice a week.
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