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Low Car stats for March

A pretty good March, basically 2 days that it rained and I ended up being like "pluck it" and driving all over the place running errands, getting the car out on the highway, etc.

81 Km / 50.4 Mi on the car, 843 Km / 524 Mi on the bike, a solid 10:1 ratio for the month.

Annual thru 3/31: 309 Km / 192 Mi on car, 2418.4 Km / 1503 Mi on bike.

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This traffic light in Hamburg, Germany was switched to show red for cars by default. Yet, car travel times did not increase, and time for public transit as well as for biking and walking grew 3x

20:45 UTC


My "Low Car" stats for February

February was a MUCH better "low car" month than January, for sure! Mostly good dry, warmer, sunny weather, more light in the evening, much better riding conditions. 849.2 Km / 527.7 Mi on the bike, just 57.13 Km / 35.5 Mi on the car. That included loaning it out to someone for a day; I only put about 25 of that on it myself, mostly trips to get bulky stuff at stores.

Total for the year is: 1575 Km bike vs. 228 Km on the car, clost to a 7:1 ratio. (NOTE: I miscalculated the ratio in my January post)

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Who Owns the Streets? How Cars Took Over Our Shared Spaces

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Most urban cities aren't as polluted and "unnatural" as most people think

In my opinion, I think that noise pollution from cars is one of the biggest pollution sources in urban areas. People should be able to open their windows without hearing a single noise from cars. People should be able to cycle, walk on the sidewalk or enjoy green spaces without having to inhale or hear constant car noise.

The second biggest pollution is light pollution preventing us from having a clear view of the stars at night and disturbing many species of animals. Light pollution at night also disturbs our circadian rhythm.

If you remove car noise pollution and light pollution, you got rid of the majority of pollution.

In some European countries, so-called remote "rural" and "protected" areas can be surrounded by roads and affected by noise pollution coming from cars. Solving this problem will help both urban and rural areas.

What do you think?

18:45 UTC


Post-pandemic 15-minute Cities Questionnaire (Dissertation)

Hello! I'm a 3rd year Human Geography student at Durham University. I'm writing a dissertation on opinions about 15-minute cities concerning car-use, access to services and post-pandemic urban planning solutions. Since low car use is a cornerstone of the 15-minute city concept, it would be great if anyone in this community could fill out my survey.

Of course, it is completely anonymous and confidential. Most required questions are multiple choice so it should be quick to fill out. However, there are also long answer questions to answer if you would like to go into more depth about your opinions.

Thank you for your help!

Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWwxX0c01vXW84xtg7p9T3NhtW4Jv-rRq0yqDGQBKG2pot8Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

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With a ban on private cars and commercial vehicles travelling through Dublin city centre to be in place by August, Ireland Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan (Green Party Ireland) says there will soon be a tipping point where cycling will become the main form of transport.

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My "low car" stats for January 2024

762 Km / 473 Mi on the bike, 107Km / 106.1Mi on the car; about a 7:1 bike vs. car ratio to start the year. It was absolutely horrible weather where I live, still rode in -23C / -10F temps, but... ended up riding a lot less than usual, driving just a bit more. About half the car distance was driving out of town to do some freelance work. Ice storm one day, didn't get to ride at all that day.

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