Cars vs Bus vs Bikes

Amount of space required to transport the same number of people by car, bus or bicycle.

Conclusion: Congestion is caused by too many cars, not by lack of roadspace.

Posted by dustin on November 5, 2007 with category tags of

The bus still has to get you where you want to go in a reasonable amount of time.

Van City doesnt have the density to make transit work.

If I used it, I would have a commute of 4hrs a day, instead of driving and only spending 70mins on the road.

Which sounds like more fun?
   comment by bz on November 5, 2007

Vancouver has some of the most densely populated areas of any North American city. We do have what it takes to make transit work here. What we need most now is increased capacity in the bus system; a lot of routes are overflowing right now.

The fact remains: cars do not scale up with a growing city. They clog the streets and nobody gets anywhere, via car or bus. Vancouver isn't there quite yet, but it will be eventually if our planners don't think about it.

When I was in Toronto this summer it was patently obvious that congestion is a crushing problem there. It's awful.
   comment by dustin (#1) on November 5, 2007

it's funny that the camera zooms out as it is trying to show the most space-friendly situation. This further skews the impression the viewer gets in that the car picture looks claustrophibic and the bike picture looks very spacious. The point they are trying to make is credible anyway so I don't know why they went out of their way to bias their pictures. they should've kept the exact same distance/angle for all three pictures.
I'm just sayin'.

   comment by Maryam on November 7, 2007

Stephen Rees blogs the origin of this poster.
   comment by dustin (#1) on November 14, 2007

to maryam: you're so right.

vancouver is pretty reactionary with respect to transit. we only react to overflows. and THEN when we do do something ( do) proactive and forecasting growth (i.e. Cambie) it's seen as a wasteful mega project.

There's nothing wrong with the idea of a rapid transit corridor along Cambie; If you think about it, the Canada line balances current need with future need. I think it's just possibly being done in the most ugly way possible such that its a perfect breeding grounds for critics.

   comment by sam on December 11, 2007

I would like to ask a question. about a car purchase
   comment by jo herron on April 22, 2009


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