We can ride in urban chariots, or we can do the right thing and use our own predestined people power to motor us from endpoint to endpoint.
Take a look at the image below to see how moving 72 people can “shrink the road” and prevent city congestion just by getting on two wheels and pressing our legs forward in circles — and if you will give in to the wiles of public transportation, the savings are even greater:
- Bicycle: 72 people are transported on 72 bikes, which requires 90 square meters.
- Car: Based on an average occupancy of 1.2 people per car, 60 cars are needed to transport 72 people, which takes 1,000 square meters.
- Bus: 72 people can be transported on 1 bus, which only requires 30 square meters of space and no permanent parking space, since it can be parked elsewhere.
I wonder why so many Americans require a car when the price of occupation is so high. You have to pay your monthly note, you have to pay for gasoline and maintenance and for parking and licensing and even fines.
Is the price of freedom of movement so sweet and so sacred that we’ll place our future city welfare and personal health in peril just for the privileged of riding alone?