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Alan Fisher
Alan Fisher Vor 15 Tage
The need for more trains is not biased at all, steel on steel is where it's at 🤘
csehszlovakze
@Not Just Bikes there's nothing wrong with buses, just have *dedicated bus lanes* with those! it's easy: the bus lane is only usable by buses, trolleybuses and emergency services (especially ambulance).
Biscuits
Biscuits Vor Tag
Yessss - another train channel to follow!
David Reason
David Reason Vor 3 Tage
Part of the Paris underground trains run on rubber tires, much quieter!
Tim Goodliffe
Tim Goodliffe Vor 4 Tage
thoughts on a video on rush hour with trains vs without?
Thomas Smith
Thomas Smith Vor 4 Tage
@IJŠƇĦͦ̚5ɜPƔNjƇάȥɓϋξ îπɛş\x91͈ǷǯƠɱ\ good margin is the idea that's killing the world
Mark B
Mark B Vor 15 Tage
I think me and my fellow Germans collectively breathed a sigh of relief once you corrected your mistake and removed Bielefeld out of the German cities list. Thank you.
Santiago Soria
Santiago Soria Vor 2 Tage
Hahaha we have the same kind of running joke in Mexico but for a whole state: Tlaxcala, and within Latin America the joke is that Paraguay doesn't exist either.
Vergil Montiero
Vergil Montiero Vor 4 Tage
I was unaware of bielefeld as a whole, this was interesting to see.
yuster yumeister
yuster yumeister Vor 5 Tage
@Marc rchz like how in america the joke is wyoming isnt a real state theres just a big hole in the country but nobody lives there to find out
Zalidia
Zalidia Vor 7 Tage
Dutch guy here, i narrowly avoided a heart attack
Christoph Henninger
@Marc rchz In fact it was a joke that Bielefeld itself and its proclaimed existence was just a conspiracy. To be more accurate it was a website that started it in the mid 90s, IIRC, and I think it was later used in a very popular comedy-show "Sieben Tage, sieben Köpfe" (Literally: "seven days, seven heads", it was a show where seven comedians sat together and talked about the former week)
Tom Burchill
Tom Burchill Vor 7 Tage
One of the things that pop out when travelling in Japan is that the train station and the immediate surroundings are a destination in itself: There are always vibrant commercial areas both inside and outside the stations full of places to shop, eat and drink - and then safely take the train home.
Data
Data Vor 5 Tage
It's just capitalism
Cl0ckcl0ck
Cl0ckcl0ck Vor 14 Tage
Man, imagine the heat island effect of all those (empty) parking lots in Canada and the US. Or the effects on stormwater run off.
Camouflage Artist
Life in America, is it that bad?: de-vid.com/video/video-GVC8i4oSB14.html
Richard F. Stripe
@Journeyman.71 Same where I live. The outskirts of the metroplex here always get absolute bucket-loads of rain, but even when the system is headed directly and unwaveringly towards the center of the metroplex, it literally splits up and goes around it, joining back on the other side, leaving us with nothing. I have been documenting it since I first noticed it a few years ago. It's so insanely frustrating!
Cl0ckcl0ck
Cl0ckcl0ck Vor 8 Tage
@DeLorean4 In the right hands and with the right political times it could also be the biggest opportunity ever. Many of these parking lots can be turned into mini-communities with underground parking and greywater irrigation for public greenery. If you can link up enough of them you can create a city for people without tearing down anything. You don't even need to get rid of the parking spaces, you just put them out of sight below ground. Bad now, probably bad later but maybe just maybe the key to urban renewal.
DeLorean4
DeLorean4 Vor 8 Tage
It's so bad... The heat, and the flooding caused by this mismanagement.
Camerondes21
Camerondes21 Vor 8 Tage
@Karl Well, except for the part where the overwhelming majority of surface thermometers exist in these heat islands.
WoefulMinion
WoefulMinion Vor 11 Tage
"In North America, we’ve forgotten the rules of good land use and we’ve forgotten how to build good transit that supports it." It's not really forgotten if there are powerful people with a financial incentive to do what benefits them. Even if it's only a short-term gain and harms everyone else.
Marla k
Marla k Vor 21 Stunde
thank you. Its really that simple too. Smh. Tiring.
Erkin Alp Güney
Erkin Alp Güney Vor 7 Tage
They harm themselves too, unfortunately.
Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew
I would think that when a city is “smaller,” that would be the most ideal time to begin to build a LRT system because more could be slowly added as the city grew. By saying a city must be “x” in population before we can build one is insane and just the start up costs to build one in a major city would be enough to make council think twice.
weeardguy
weeardguy Vor Tag
Yep. And when cities plan ahead, extending existing transit is not a problem at all. Many residential areas in the city where I live (Purmerend, The Netherlands) were built AFTER the bus-route made its way into the future residential area (my parents have a book with aerial pictures when this area was built and you see the terminus of the bus just in a sandy nomansland: but when my parents could move into their newly built home, it was a no brainer that my dad took the bus to work in Amsterdam as traffic towards and in Amsterdam was a headache, let alone finding a place to park it there. Eventually, a tidal-flow buslane would be opened in 1996 or so, enabling completely separated-from-cars bus-traffic to Amsterdam in the morning peak, with the buslane being closed in both directions around 2 PM to empty it, opening it again around 3 PM, but then in the other direction. This way, buses will almost have zero interference with car-traffic. The full separation and tidal-flow system got extended in 2018 or so from Ilpendam towards the edge of the city of Purmerend. They're now redesigning a large junction closer on the route closer to Amsterdam to fully seperate it: multiple munincipalities in the surrounding areas have already warned that the current situation can't last and something needs to be done. Buses should then have full seperation for the entire journey from Purmerend to Amsterdam: only the last bit in Amsterdam is mixed traffic and from the edge of Purmerend into the city itself will then feature mixed traffic, but it is low enough to be of no concern that it is so.
Hoehlenmaensch
Hoehlenmaensch Vor 15 Tage
the fact that just the "smaller" german cities alone already pretty beat the numbers of tram lines in all of north america is quite fascinating
Traugott Müller
Traugott Müller Vor 12 Tage
@Stitch Finger Going by that logic, no city with a million people should have a tram. Berlin wants to have a word with you, though. Bruh, learn to logic n shit.
Stitch Finger
Stitch Finger Vor 12 Tage
Because it's more practical because it's smaller. "Why is it easier to build a tram that serves 1000 people vs a million people?" Bruh learn to count n shit
F S
F S Vor 13 Tage
@James Medina property in Hamburg is very expensive for German standards, it's not as extreme as Munich though for example.
Ross Bleakney
Ross Bleakney Vor 14 Tage
It's not really about the trains. It is easy to think so ("if only we kept the trams in the U. S. and Canada"). Sorry, but that ain't it. If we kept them, they would be gathering dust, or at best be novelty items. The problem is that we ignored transit of all types. As others have noted, Europe has much better *buses*. It has much better subway lines. It has much better trams. Countries in North America (especially the U.S.) have built dozens of new streetcar/tram/light rail lines and many have fewer riders than a typical European bus. Look at the average ridership per mile in this table: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_North_American_light_rail_systems_by_ridership. Go ahead and do the math (translating miles to km) and it is clear that there are lots of North American rail lanes that carry very few people. It is not that North America lacks trains, it is that outside of a handful of cities, very few people use them. Put it another way. Imagine if the U. S. and Canada embraced buses, and ran them everywhere, often. More importantly, imagine if the cities evolved as this video suggests (with density around those bus lines). The lack of trains would be a minor problem. It would mean crowding on some routes, and the agencies being forced to run the buses more often. Worse case scenario you have platoons of buses, and express buses all dealing with the crowding. This is an inefficient way to move people, but most transit agencies wish they had that problem. They have the opposite problem, which is far more costly: not enough people ride the buses (or trains).
Traugott Müller
Traugott Müller Vor 14 Tage
@MaxiKing But don't forget that public transport in Hamburg is still very reliable. It's so good that I never felt the need to get a driver's licence when I was still living in Hamburg, and I know at least 4 people who sold their car when they moved to Hamburg. Sure, it could still be better (more bike friendly, for example), but living in Hamburg or in the suburbs, there's really no need to own a car. Most people still do because Germans and cars is a relationship like US Americans and guns, but...
The PineApple
The PineApple Vor 11 Tage
This DE-vid channel has been such an eye opener for me, living in New Zealand, here we go a step above car dependency. You cannot do anything without a car here.
botcherbutcher
Lived in Christchurch for a bit, and even then, I alway took my board with me since most bus stops are far from where U actually want to go. They did get many new lines and interchanges though, so it probably got better. But anything that's more than 10km from city centre is off limits of I don't have a car.
RuleofFive
RuleofFive Vor 9 Tage
Is that true even in Auckland or other cities?
Jenny Hammond
Jenny Hammond Vor 12 Tage
I'm from the US, so not sure if it's the same in Canada: We've been trained to associate public transit with being poor and to associate having a car (that most of us can't even really afford) as being successful. Other countries value their health (walkability of cities) and doing their part to save the environment. I just got back from Mexico City. Their metro line is incredible and overall as a country, they have it set up where you can walk to almost everything you need. For example, I walked to get my haircut, to the bakery, lots of vegan restaurants, the bank, etc. As you've mentioned before, the US and Canada have created zoning laws to make this so it isn't possible. I can't wait to permanently live in Mexico (plan in progress).
Charles Minckler
Charles Minckler Vor 7 Stunden
@Marla k Successful doesn't mean luxurious. The looks people give you, and the straight up insults sometimes, if you say you don't own a car says it all. If you live outside a major metropolis, not owning a car suggests to others you are borderline homeless.
Marla k
Marla k Vor 19 Stunden
@Sandy_Carpets The Second yes there. you go. You made the best point in your last paragraph: "how tf is it a sign of success when literally everyone owns a car?" Lol. Thank you. it is very common. Now everyone doesn't have an Aston Martin. Everyone doesn't have a BMW or Mercedes (which i've heard in some european places they are common and not seen as luxury as it is here in America)
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Marla k Exactly. A car itself isn't a luxurious item, the same way that a plant or a TV isn't a luxury item. They can be luxurious. A plant can sell for £4000 depending on the type you buy, and a TV can sell for the same price. But you can buy plants that are 50P as well, and you can buy old second hand tvs for under £100 the same way you can a car. Actually, cars in the US aren't really even unccessary anymore like in other countries, they're borderline neccessities at this point. Not many people can get to work without a car in the US, and if you somehow can, you basically have to play hopskotch across 6 lane roads in order to make it anywhere. Like, how tf is it a sign of success when literally everyone owns a car? US teens own them by 16- They most likely don't even have a job to buy a car with at that point.
Marla k
Marla k Vor 21 Stunde
@Sandy_Carpets The Second thank you. it really isn't. You have folks out here with 20 year old and cars and older that they drive around so NO it isn't that the car itself is a luxury. Its the KIND of car that you have that is. The twisting some folks do, which can easily be unraveled, in trying to prove their point is laughable.
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Francis Dec Well, no. Most people have cars, so unless pretty much everyone is successful, It's not really an indicator of anything other than the fact that cars are convenient for your current life situation.
jmakiola
jmakiola Vor 13 Tage
"If you build it, they will come" - this phrase really sums up the principle of building transit. And where it had been observed - they did come. London, Vienna, Paris, Warsaw, the lot. I live in what might be called mid-suburbia in a mid-to-large metro area in Europe. I have access to 10 (yes, TEN) different bus services within a 6 minute walk, a tram (streetcar) connection three bus stops away, and a four-trains-an-hour local service to the city centre there as well. Car is basically only used for grocery shopping (so you don't have to carry the heavy bags all the way home), and to visit relatives where the car is a quicker option (once a week at most). In a world where fuel prices are going crazy, this seems to be the only way to go, and I am very happy that where I live, it's already there.
weeardguy
weeardguy Vor 21 Stunde
@Lame Gaming Well simple, where parking a car out in the open is rather normal in The Netherlands (only wealthy people have a carport or a garage) and the car is usually well able to withstand parking it like that, bicycles are not that well suited to be parked outside, exposed to the elements. Pair that with the fact that they are cumbersome to steer (Dutch alleyways are narrow, good luck getting an average cargobike through very common 90 degree turns, you won't make it) and the risk of having it stolen (the basic rule of thumb is that if it looks good and is not that well secured, it most likely will get stolen sooner or later, even cargobikes) many people won't prefer it. And where parking a motorbike on a full parking space for cars is allowed and even required by law, I don't think many people will like it you did the same with a cargobike. But hardly anyone needs them. You either have a crate up front (this hype started somewhat 10 years ago) or you've got bags at the back of your bicycle to store all the groceries you bought. As said, if you can't take it all, you either go walking and take a trolley with you, or you take the bike. Some people have a trailer to mount behind their bike to be able to transport even more items.
Lame Gaming
Lame Gaming Vor Tag
@weeardguy yeah well their the same size as cars, i dont get your point
weeardguy
weeardguy Vor Tag
@Lame Gaming That sounds like a good idea, but most people forget that in The Netherlands, most people do not have the space to store such a thing (ideally out of sight in a shed). Even in my own town, many have to park it out in the open. They're inconvenient big monsters.
weeardguy
weeardguy Vor Tag
I live in a Dutch city with a population just over 80.000. We have something like 9 bus-services that go to Amsterdam (18 km's down south). Where I live, I just walk 5 minutes to either two of those buses. During the peaks, you basically just walk up to the stop. You don't check schedules as they used to run every 5 (one service) or 6 (other service) minutes (pre-covid numbers, number of hourly buses has decreased, but still convenient). The supermarket is a 10 minute walk away, the parking lot is sometimes just full, that's just the way it is, so unless you need A LOT, you either go walking and bring a trolley with you, or go by bike. Same as the bus-service that brings me from the trainstation to my work: basically the whole day long, it drives in an 8-7 minute frequency. I hardly check schedules, I just walk to the bus-stop.
jmakiola
jmakiola Vor 10 Tage
@Lame Gaming very true, and that would work brilliantly, but those bikes are quite hard to come by where I live, still worth considering though
Andrew
Andrew Vor 14 Tage
I wish it could go without saying, but a "walkable" city should also include disability accommodations. Lifts and access for wheelchairs, plenty of benches and places for people to rest, cover from the elements at stops. Sure people may be generally healthier in the Netherlands than North America, but it's important not to forget a group of people that is so regularly forgotten and invisible. You touch on this sometimes, but a walkable city can be better for everyone, not just the able.
Marla k
Marla k Vor 21 Stunde
And your middle sentence is very key. Another key important fact. They don't have the ailments as much as America does. Their kids i'm sure don't have all of the issues that too many here do. I don't know how many parents want their autistic child (granted i'm talking the low end of the spectrum, even though i'm sure many parents, when its a child, would still feel the same way) going about by themselves to school, stores, etc. And then add in how all these random shootings all over the place it makes sense, as unfortunate as it is, for people to want to take themselves around, privately. Oh and the sicknesses and ailments popping up every month. Smh. But no matter the cycling or walking with the way the American diet is and the ingredients allowed in it that these other nations don't allow. And the American health system and the ingredients it too allows in the medicine that many other nations don't allow, all of that cycling and walking ain't gonna do much of nothing if the food and meds(when you can get the meds) are eating at your bones, bad allergies, etc.
wolf310ii
wolf310ii Vor 10 Tage
@TFYK In Germany its even a law, that public places have to be barrier free
TFYK
TFYK Vor 10 Tage
A lot places in the us have disability accommodations and I’m sure it’s the same of Europe.
wolf310ii
wolf310ii Vor 10 Tage
"Lifts and access for wheelchairs, plenty of benches and places for people to rest, cover from the elements at stops." Contrys like the Netherlands or Germany, were walking isnt illegal like in the US, have all that.
Nathan DuPhene
Nathan DuPhene Vor 10 Tage
If you pause the video right after 14:34 you see an 3 wheel (appears to have a hub motor in the front wheel) electric wheelchair zip by on the smooth bike lane. I think that shows us there's crossover between bike, walking, and handicap infrastructure. America is awful right now, with dirt paths along major roads in cities where people can't afford a car, like Detroit. Irony of ironies.
Jonathan Fitzer
Jonathan Fitzer Vor 15 Tage
I'm from Tampa FL and I always like to point out to people that our old streetcar system from the 20s/30s was more built out and had more ridership than our current bus network of today, and we had 8x less people back then. Yet we can't convince anyone around here that a new light rail system or expanding our "historic" streetcar line that only goes 2.7 miles would be a good idea.
Edward N. Driskoll
Factz.
Gd J
Gd J Vor 11 Tage
@neutrino78x Cost per ride ?
ItsCapital
ItsCapital Vor 11 Tage
I don't drive and live in Tampa. The public transit here is pretty bad. Buses are consistently late and even if it's on time it takes me almost 2 hours to go 8 miles up the road. Walking anywhere, unless perhaps just around your neighborhood, is pretty bad also. Bike lanes are typically an unprotected gutter or shoulder and I refuse to use those also. To sum it all up, I basically always use Uber or Lyft.
sheik124
sheik124 Vor 13 Tage
Because Tampa is obsessed with unsustainable, _unlivable_ sprawl. I moved away for work ~7 years ago. There is no way in hell I could ever move back. I spent two hours _a day_ driving down there, on a good day. Even trying to get away on the weekend meant getting stuck on I-275 near downtown for no apparent reason for an hour. Do you remember when driving North past Bruce B Downs Blvd on I-75 meant you were now out in the sticks? Have you _seen_ the disgusting sprawl they've built from there all the way into Pasco County? Most of the development down there is less than 10 years old and its already a disgusting example of "if you build it, they will come" vehicular traffic. And in another 20 years, it will end up just like Westshore *if they're lucky* or like East Lake Square Mall, or like Cleveland or Detroit. They've already had to widen SR-56 and I-75 in the area twice. And it's all under construction _again_ This city/county/area's head is so far up its ass that they learned nothing from Malfunction Junction. Nothing from the areas I-275 turned into the hood. Nothing from...anything really. HART is quite possibly one of the worst public transit systems I've ever had to use in my life. They were patting themselves on the back for the BRT they built down Fletcher. I _lived_ on Fletcher and it was still faster to walk to some places, and more convenient to drive a beater than to wait up to an hour for _rapid_ transit. HART was why I thought public transit "was for the poors" until I visited a real city. FFS their public university campus (USF) is borderline unwalkable. Think about that for a second. A university. *That. Requires. You. To. Drive* - and with disgusting traffic problems too! "Oh, just use the Bull Runner!" It was faster to cut through the grass on foot!!! Fuck Tampa.
qjtvaddict
qjtvaddict Vor 13 Tage
@evobe no need put the elevated line in the street median
john ornelas
john ornelas Vor 12 Tage
the plot of Who Framed Roger Rabbit is surprisingly accurate and talks about how LA dismantled its public transit system. Essentially the tire and auto industry bought and dismantled it so they could build freeways. All this traffic was just a scam to sell tires, and it worked, and rubes will still defend it today
d naylor
d naylor Vor 2 Tage
don't forget the petroleum industry hand in it regards to road surfaces, lubricants and petrol... things trams don't use much of, even trolley buses were killed off!! similar thing happened in Australia in Sydney which had one of the southern hemispheres biggest tram networks (bigger than Melbourne Australia and Hong Kong) 😞
Vergil Montiero
Vergil Montiero Vor 4 Tage
I kinda remember that not that it's brought up, thanks
Tracy Hardy Johnson
Thank you for bringing this up. I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers the backstory to that movie.
SonofSethoitae
SonofSethoitae Vor 11 Tage
I like how this series started off super formal, and and time goes on NJB get more and more audibly fed up with all the stupid planning in North American cities
noob2243
noob2243 Vor 11 Tage
Damn, that's a really good explanation. Some Texan republicans should definitely watch it, where the GOP recently published their political agenda - and as you can imagine, a stark opposition to public transit, or generally any kind of public infrastructure at all (that would benefit mostly the lower and middle classes), is one of the key points. But of course, probably nothing will change their old crusty car-infected minds, as the whole section reads like a "you WILL drive a car, and you will like it!!" type of deal.
Til Til
Til Til Vor 3 Tage
@OskarFor a "right-wing European" you decided bring rather reasonable opinions to the comment section. Thank you!(?)
Oskar
Oskar Vor 5 Tage
That is so weird to me that public transport and city planning is seen as a right wing issue. I’m a right wing European but that also means I’m a proponent of traditional architecture, traditional utban planning and walkeablemcities with good, subsidized, public transit for those not able to afford city center living.
zadie r
zadie r Vor 12 Tage
When I was a kid, my mom would take me to the doctor's office by train because she hated driving. To leave the station that we got off at, you needed to walk across this wooden bridge that looked temporary (like something construction workers would use), but had actually been there for several years. The bridge led to a lot full of gravel and cinder blocks that you then had to walk through to get to the sidewalk. It was still a few minutes of walking to get from the sidewalk to the clinic, since the clinic had a parking lot. The only thing on that side of the street (besides the clinic) was a fast food chain with a drive-thru that cars would speed into at 30+ mph from the highway. I grew up in a city with more than a million people.
Luc Naumann
Luc Naumann Vor 15 Tage
As a German: I really appreciateted the Bielefeld-Joke, putting it on there with those real cities was unexpected Explanation: We have this nationwide running joke that the city of Bielefeld was invented by the Nazis to lure away American bombers during ww2, which as it turns out isn't a joke and is completely true
weeardguy
weeardguy Vor Tag
@GTAVictor9128 In The Netherlands 'Broek op Langedijk' and 'Broek in Waterland' (respectively 'Trousers on Longdyke' and 'Trousers in Waterland') also raises eyebrows when you translate them literally. We also have multiple places called 'Halfweg' (Halfway, these names most likely started as they were important stops between major destinations along walkways in the past, meaning that when you made it to Halfweg, you were halfway through your journey). The Dutch places 'Neck' and 'Goes' probably get English speaking people laughing as well... In the province of Limburg there is a place called 'Echt' (Really). Probably the two most famous of all (That always gets Dutch kids giggling) is the Frisian village of Tytsjerksteradiel: with the first 3 letters pronounced as 'tiet', meaning 'boob' in Dutch, and 'Sexbierum' (well, don't have to explain that one now do I?) One of the girls at danceclass made sure I never look the same at one of the residential areas and its trainstation in my own town. The city of Purmerend where I live, has a former river, de Where, running through it. Where the city expanded through the decades to the south, it eventually made the jump across the former river, hence the name of the residential are quickly settled upon 'Overwhere' (Over the Where river basically), with the trainstation getting the same name. But when I spoke to her and said how we have 3 trainstations and how bad the national railway company denotes them towards their travellers, she started smiling when I got to the last (Overwhere) station. 'Yes! And the funny station!' I looked at her in confusion and then asked what she meant. In Dutch, the first e in Where is more or less pronounced as the ea sound in 'year' and the last e is not silent as in 'where' that sounds like 'wear'. So she explained...: 'The name! Purmerend, overwhere? There!' Combined with her Romanian accent, I just could not contain my laughter anymore. I probably forget quite a few ;)
Peter Kroll
Peter Kroll Vor 2 Tage
@Dave Dixon I lived in what I thought was Bielefeld for 4 years, until I found out that the city is a huge lie. They made me believe it's Bielefeld and me idiot fell for it. How did they create such a surreal reality, and why?
Luc Naumann
Luc Naumann Vor 5 Tage
@Dave Dixon A (not so) fun fact: In Germany RAF is not really assosiated with the Royal Air Force (if I had to guess) but rather with the former German Terrorist-Organization Red Army Fraction, during the socalled "Deutsche Herbst" ("German Autum") in the 1970s; there are some very good Documentaries about them (mostly in german tbh) Didn't want to correct you Dave just wanted to spread awareness about an often forgotten Part of more recent German History.
Dave Dixon
Dave Dixon Vor 5 Tage
I did two tours with the RAF stationed at Gutersloh a total of 6 years had a great time and visited Bielefeld many times what's this crap it doesn't exist
lucy b
lucy b Vor 11 Tage
Thank god Melbourne never ripped up its tram system when every other city in Australia was doing so. Shout out to Robert Risson, who almost singlehandedly prevented this from happening.
Wobs Hart
Wobs Hart Vor 14 Tage
As a Brit who visited the US a couple of times, I'll say one good thing about their buses: They have a bike rack on the front, so you can take it with you. This is unheard of in the UK. Granted, I only saw this while stood at the side a car infested stroad in Reno.
Right libertarian
Trolling level: United Kingdom 😂😂😂👍
Bec
Bec Vor 9 Tage
Omg Reno buses are so sketchy! I’m living in Salt Lake City right now and for N. America their transit isn’t bad, with space for bikes on buses and rail cars, but it could be SO much better.
Jurjen Bos
Jurjen Bos Vor 9 Tage
In the Netherlands, they even have bike cars on some trains.
Ian Homer Pura
Ian Homer Pura Vor 10 Tage
I have seen trams with bike racks as well, in Lisbon and Stuttgart.
Davidty 2006
Davidty 2006 Vor 12 Tage
Hmmm. Our busses got like zero places to put bikes apart from the 2 disabled areas up front. Although even if the busses did i feel like here in the UK they won't be used often. Just like how older busses still got manual ramps but they are rarely ever used.
Encontre Chantal
Encontre Chantal Vor 13 Tage
A video about how a small store would do better if it wasn't in the car dependent place would be great (really curious how bad it is here in Canada with this issue)
Kimberly
Kimberly Vor 6 Tage
One thing I havent really given much thought before watching this video is how disabeling NA is for people that for various reasons cant drive a car. My little brother is sight disabled, and his quality of life would be far worse and more disabling if we lived in NA for the sole reason of public transit.
Brian H
Brian H Vor 15 Tage
One reason that transit "doesn't work" in many U.S. cities is that the routes are designed to "avoid" the rich neighborhoods and areas of town that don't want transit. For many of the suburbanites transit is supposed to be for "poor people" so they try their best to keep transit systems from coming out as far as where they live. Although that has changed to some degree it is still part of the mindset of many people.
Jamie Kass
Jamie Kass Vor 5 Tage
Yes, there is no public transit in my hometown, not even buses, because they don't want poor people to take a bus up and rob them.
Ruhrpottpatriot
Ruhrpottpatriot Vor 8 Tage
@Erkin Alp Güney And that's the problem. Mixed use should be the the default because it fixes almost all problems in cities for no additional cost. Europe doesn't even know mixed use zoning, because why wouldn't you be able to open your flower shop in on the ground floor of your home?
Erkin Alp Güney
Erkin Alp Güney Vor 8 Tage
@Ruhrpottpatriot Mixed use zoning is a thing in the USA too, but it requires individual approval for every such zone amendment. Because it is an exception, not the default.
Chad Leach
Chad Leach Vor 10 Tage
@Ruhrpottpatriot lol nyc and la also don't let prices come down.
Ruhrpottpatriot
Ruhrpottpatriot Vor 10 Tage
@Chad Leach No, not home office. Literal businesses, like a flower shop, a medical office, an undertaker, a pharmacy, a bar. These kinds of things. "Your not addressing the space issue, again Americans don't like living on top of one another as others do in these urban environments." Yeah, that's why rents in NYC; LA and these kinds of cities are so high. Americans think they want space, when their zoning code was just a means to racially segregate whites from everybody else. And if your only argument against mixed use is "we like space", then you will never fix your social issues. Because space and segregation is at the core of it. You will always pay more money for less service in return.
Culture Compass
Culture Compass Vor 12 Tage
Interesting to see that Chinese train station to nowhere and how the area was built up so quickly around it. Please feature projects like that. I get by now that the Netherlands is great and the US sucks infrastructure wise :) So it would be interesting to see good examples like that from around the world also.
David Reason
David Reason Vor 3 Tage
The Chinese can built very fast when needed. I lived in Chengdu in west China and they built an elevated 6 lane highway around the city in about 2 years! 1lane (on each side) is dedicated to buses and I rode the whole way round to get a new perspective of the city.
SiriProject
SiriProject Vor 9 Tage
I'm in Spain and the IJBurg island example with its train is something similar to what we do here, as the sprawling of Madrid stretches every year. A lot of new development areas (even those very "exclusive") are usually built along with a couple of "ghost stations" that become wholly functional once the first house units are completed. They can be linked to the underground net, or using streetcars like my own neighborhood.
YEdwardP
YEdwardP Vor 5 Tage
So, here's the same topic seen from another perspective. When I moved from the suburbs of Montreal, Canada to Hamburg Germany, I was amazed by how different it felt to take the regional train. In Montreal, when I looked out the window, it was miserable: all I could see were industrial lots or highways. Compared that to Hamburg, where I could see the city. I was amazed by the amount of interesting places I saw and I knew that if I wanted to go there, I likely would need to get off at the next step. The trains took me to interesting places in the city. In Montreal, getting to the train station required a car. Which meant the station was typically located in the middle of a huge parking lot.
Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew Pew
It’s honestly so infuriating the more and more I think about how entrenched this type of bad planning is in the US.
Chad Leach
Chad Leach Vor 11 Tage
It suits the US mentality of freedom and independence very well.
Morgan Angel
Morgan Angel Vor 14 Tage
Real men drive cars, bus is for broke boys.
Hi Jo
Hi Jo Vor 6 Tage
Can we get content based on rural living as well? I heard that the netherlands is one of the worlds largest agricultural exporters. I know that this channel and audience has a bias toward urban living but it'd be interesting to know how the netherlands (and other countries) is doing well in this regard.
Niek0z
Niek0z Vor 8 Tage
As a Dutchman living in a small village where I generaly use the car to go somewhere outside the village I love the fact that most cities here have P+R (park + ride). This is basically a parking lot with an affordable connection towards the city. These P+R places are important to encourage visitours outside the area to go there a and spend their money. I feel like this transision is often not talked about in your videos but essential to make public transport for smaller cities viable.
Tristan Ridley
Tristan Ridley Vor 2 Tage
@Niek0z I think it's a good discussion of "where exactly does the transition belong?" And one of the few things NotJustBikes might not get perfect, with his passionate disdain for the park and rides here in Ontario. A well designed transition really helps to allow rural people to still access the city without their cars everywhere in the way. And if there's also car rental, also let city folk like me access the areas where there are no trains.
Niek0z
Niek0z Vor 2 Tage
@Tristan Ridley Amsterdam zuid is kind of an outskirt so it does have P+R (olympic stadium) but it aint 5 hactares and I consider it good use of old, otherwise mostly unused space. Also, it is relative close to a highway. I agree with your point, P+R in a city center is completly pointless.
Tristan Ridley
Tristan Ridley Vor 2 Tage
You need the park and ride at the outskirts. He really hates all the park and rides we have in Ontario right inside the cities. Like imagine a 5 hectare parking lot at Amsterdam Sud. That's what we build and pretend it's the thing you're enjoying.
CoolAsFreya
CoolAsFreya Vor 13 Tage
Here in Melbourne where we never tore out our tram lines, the "missing middle" medium density housing is extremely prevalent in all the suburbs that are served by trams, but in suburbs where there is only bus service it's remarkably American with only single family homes!
S W
S W Vor 7 Tage
The biggest issue with building public transit in Los Angeles is that once built transit isn’t well maintained and look like c++p literally and figuratively and attracts all kinds of filth and other problems so now when the city wants to add to public transit, people angrily reject it. The first step is cleaning it all up. Soap and water would be a good start.
Pumpkin Hill
Pumpkin Hill Vor 6 Tage
9:27 This is what just happens naturally in Japan with (almost) no zoning. People want to live near stations, so there are naturally descending levels of development as you get further away from train stations.
Jordan McMurray
Jordan McMurray Vor 15 Tage
I’m a small developer in the Midwest and love this channel. I decided in college I wanted to devote my life to actually creating affordable housing rather than just debating it. I build these compact 900ft 3b/2ba unit 6-plexes (similar to early 1900 brownstones). And it is always a massive battle to get municipalities to approve them. Cities want suburban sprawl with single family housing. It’s depressing, some days I think we will never learn. Your channel is doing the lords work.
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Norbert P Well, most people would be willing to pay extra for a garden. Why do you think the suburbs is so popular in the first place?
Norbert P
Norbert P Vor 8 Tage
@Sandy_Carpets The Second 1. Who doesn't want a ferrari? Does that mean we should be talking about Ferraris as an alternative option to public transport? Luxury goods are items aquired AT A GREAT EXPENCE. A luxury item is an item MOST PEOPLE CAN"T AFFORD. This is the definition I used. Your definition is "a thing people want" which is just wrong. We are talking about making roof gardens mass appeal items, as oposed to products only the small % of the richest people can afford (ie. the definition of a luxury item). 2. Who doesn't want a garden is a bad question. The question is "who is willing to pay extra for a garden" and "can we create either regulations or social norms where the extra expense and upkeep needed for roof gardens is something people would support". Since the question isn't who doesn't want it but who is willing to pay for it given the price. I'm surprised I have to explain to you basic definitions of words
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Norbert P Of course luxury items apply to the average US citizen? Who *doesn't* want a garden? Also, I don't know the prices a roof gardens, I did ask.
Norbert P
Norbert P Vor 8 Tage
​@Sandy_Carpets The Second are you literally disagreeing with my definition of luxury instead of understanding my point? The idea is to change peoples thinking so gardens are on every roof not on "you pay premium for this apartment building for the elites because it has a garden". It looks like you responded to me just because you take pleasure from arguments. This won't be a productive discussion.
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Norbert P Why would you have to make garsens a non-luxury item? Wardrobes are luxury items, and most US units have walk-in ones.
D. S.
D. S. Vor 8 Tage
I always find myself thinking UK city design is bad and car centric when I am out and about. Then I go and watch your video about North America and suddenly the UK seems like a pinnacle of urban planning. The things that you show as standard in the USA/Canada look absolutely insane to me. I mean - just look at the size of these random carparks!
Kein Name
Kein Name Vor 13 Tage
"There are fourty cities in Germany with a population of less than my home town that have tram lines" You included cities that are part of the Ruhr Area, the biggest population centre of Germany (5 to 10 million people depending on how you count). The cities there more often than not directly border each other, often you do not notice you are leaving one city and entering the next. The cities are interconnected with tram lines, so much so that some cities share the railway companies. For example there is the BOGESTRA (Bochum-Gelsenkirchen Street Cars). The following cities in you list are in the Ruhr Area: - Hattingen - Witten - Herne - Mühlheim an der Ruhr - Krefeld - Gelsenkirchen - Bochum
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Doja Dog In europe, sure. But we're talking about the US here, where shops are typically grouped near a city, well away from most people's walkable or even bikable range. Also, one of the reasons why big metropolitan areas have been losing population is due to the fact that they're build like a pile of garbage, combined with the fact that they've been completely neglected. US urban areas are an absolute travesty. Furthermore, You probably shouldn't want metropolitan areas to be losing population. Urban buildings bring in the most rent, they're the backbone of all cities economies, US or not. If you lose those, rent for suburban and rural areas is going to shoot up hundreds of times higher than it is right now, and that's going to send most people in those buildings homeless, which is going to cause what used to be US urban areas to turn into even worse hell-scapes than they already are. One last thing: Urban areas, when done right, don't require you to go far at all. I literally have a farm foods right across a main road from my building, I can literally see it from my livingroom window.
Doja Dog
Doja Dog Vor 8 Tage
@Sandy_Carpets The Second I doubt that rural areas benefit from public transport much. From privatization in Europe and Japan its known that public transport in sparsely populated areas is often not profitable. Not everyone in a rural areas needs to travel frequently and far, not all work is in cities. In fact, with an increase in working from home, living in the city becomes less necessary. Long commutes have been shown to be bad for (mental) health anyway, public transport or not. And, indeed, big metropolitan areas in the US have been losing population over the past few years.
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Doja Dog True, which is why he said cities need to be built for public transit. Rural areas are quite nice, but having a rural area that large is unsustainable and incredibly inconvenient for both public transport and the people living there. Also, Rural areas could probably benefit from public transport the most as they're the areas that have to travel the furthest most frequently. Low density neighbourhoods aren't really a reason to not include public transport, even if it's inconvenient.
Holger P.
Holger P. Vor 9 Tage
@Doja Dog But there are completly standalone cities with 100.000 or less people having streetcar networks. Yes, the kind of housing, 5 story high apartment buildings vs. single family homes may make the difference.
Doja Dog
Doja Dog Vor 11 Tage
Yes the comparison isn't accurate in many cases. The European cities are much more densely populated and often part metropolitan areas and therefore de facto much bigger than those sparsely populated North American towns. The Ruhr area has 1,646 people per km2, an actual metropolitan density. The Golden Horseshoe 278 people per km2, which is basically just rural. Completely incomparable.
Vincent Verschuren
Again a great video. About the argument that most cities are too small for a good transit system, yet they have enough parking reserved to park all the cars if everyone that lives there decided to go to the mall at the same time (the theoretical and disputed calculation of peak time usage). Why not assign a general usage parking lot big enough to handle average parking requirements instead of requiring peak limit minimums for each separate commercial building? By the way, here in NL it's more common to have a maximum instead of minimum parking. But yeah, a lot of the people there are still brainwashed to think that if a system that benefits everyone, it is socialist and thus a waste of tax money.
Aleksandr Valuiskikh
I found this channel several days ago and I love it! I live in Mississauga and I'm about to buy a bike and my goal will be to find non- suicidal way to commute to work and bike around for things. I'm excited to see things from a new perspective that this channel provides! Keep up great job, hopefully it'll help change car suburbias into something more livable!
rallyghost
rallyghost Vor 15 Tage
I would think that when a city is “smaller,” that would be the most ideal time to begin to build a LRT system because more could be slowly added as the city grew. By saying a city must be “x” in population before we can build one is insane and just the start up costs to build one in a major city would be enough to make council think twice.
Goncalo Balança
Goncalo Balança Vor 12 Tage
@Novusod bu bu but.. freedom... second am-.. but.. guns = good right? (joke)
Novusod
Novusod Vor 13 Tage
Transit doesn't work in American cities due to crime. There are many neighborhoods where walking simply isn't safe. Portland is a perfect example of this. They have European style transit program with walkable neighborhoods but crime destroys the livability of the city. People still mostly drive their cars to get around.
LilyIsWashere
LilyIsWashere Vor 14 Tage
@Nate The gr8 Oh my fucking god ottawa transit is the absolute worst. The "rapid" buses here come every 15-30 minutes, but that's only for the most highly trafficked routes. About half of every scheduled bus just doesn't show up, how the fuck do you lose half your busses every day?? And the bus routes are a nightmare, winding through parking-lots and zigzagging so much that it's impossible to know where a bus is going even roughly without a detailed map. And all that zigging and zagging means that getting from point A to point B by bus is LITERALLY SLOWER THAN WALKING!! It's a 30 minute bus ride from my house to campus, but it's a 25 minute walk or 10 minute bike! Now if line 2 of the LRT was running I could take it right into campus. But of course, they closed the whole thing down for "2 years" worth of construction (2 years my ass, it's been 2 years and they've barely started). God I miss the TTC 😭.
Takablepigon96
Takablepigon96 Vor 12 Tage
The sentence "Doing it correctly" next to "Portland Oregon" almost gave me an aneurysm.
Joel Reid
Joel Reid Vor 13 Tage
I recommend looking at the development of Perth, Western Australia. Perth has doen both directions. First, they developed transit after the city had developed, bu seocndly, they used trains to develop the city by associating trains with the freeways. Each freeway developed had a train running down the centre of it between the two directions, thus allowing people to choose their designated transit option. Along side this, Perth added parking to their train stations, and conencted busses to those train lines, drawing in residental areas to use train lines. The probelm is tha twhile trains are publically owned, buses are privately owned. This results in some disconnect between systems, yet it works reasonably well despite this.
Susan Hollander
Susan Hollander Vor 6 Tage
"They are more concerned with building parking lots for suburbanites, than productive urban places." As someone who doesn't own a car, YES - Say it louder for the people in the back!!
Black Smeim
Black Smeim Vor Tag
For the people behind the station!
Kshitij Gurumoorthy
3:54 This is an important thing which has to be kept in mind while building a transit line. They need to connect places where people would actually like to go and frequently visit. In Mumbai, India, where local trains and buses are the lifelines, they built a monorail line of 11 kms, as an LRT so as to ease the car traffic and lessen the burden on buses and suburban trains. But it had lots of problems, and eventually it flopped, primarily because it connected places where people never went. In fact some places were very new to people, never heard of.
claireloub
claireloub Vor 15 Tage
I laughed hard at the Bielefeld not existing. I actually met two people who claimed to be from there when I was in Brazil but I was not fooled by the sneaky conspiracy!
grouchy88
grouchy88 Vor 10 Tage
@Ulrich Becker a person from Bielefeld and a person from Buxtehude meet in a bar...
Ulrich Becker
Ulrich Becker Vor 10 Tage
This is the so-called Bielefeld conspiracy. It is funny at most for people from outside, but less so for the Bielefeld population, because there are always a few people who still believe this conspiracy.
grouchy88
grouchy88 Vor 15 Tage
i have family living in bielefeld, so i travel there couple times a year. but everytime i leave i too believe it doesnt exist
David
David Vor 15 Tage
Hahaha... Don't trust that
bankuei
bankuei Vor Tag
One of the historical, and ongoing, issues for transit here in the US is simply racism. Tearing out the transit lines and forcing in freeways into cities wasn't just about car access; it was also about trying to force out non-white people and if you look at the historical transit lines vs. freeways and what happened to a lot of those walkable neighborhoods you can see this story play out over and over. And when it comes time to try to add transit or extend train lines, not-very coded language around fears of "crime" and "those people" come up and people inevitably start blocking building new lines. And that's before we even get to folks like Robert Moses deliberately building bridges in ways to stop busses to enforce an additional logistical barrier to maintain Segregation. Unfortunately, beyond the auto industry, the social issue still plays a huge part in stopping public transit and it doesn't look like anything that will improve anytime soon.
SaladBowlz
SaladBowlz Vor 12 Tage
In the last year or two my state (MA) implemented a requirement for zoning surrounding rapid transit stops in the suburbs. I'm sure it will be a uphill battle to force the cities to actually build the housing, but I'm hopeful that it will help to give a good justification for future improvement of the rapid transit that serves those communities. I was pretty excited about it when it passed. really made me want to send some positive endorsement of it to my local elected officials.
Aritra Mukherjee
Aritra Mukherjee Vor 13 Tage
Wonderful vlog, one of the best in recent times. The most important insight is I think that - once a area is built car centric way, there's almost no way back later as area grow around it. This totally matched with something I felt while living in one of the car centric city.
Andrew Chapman
Andrew Chapman Vor 10 Tage
I live about an hour away from Portland. All I need to do is hop on an Amtrak train in the morning and then from there I switched to the max train's. It is so fluent and easy to use. There are definitely issues but it is the best way to get around. Generally speaking. I wish all cities, towns and villages would implement this.
Amazing Creations
Very insightful video. I do have a question I want to get your feedback on, and that's the 'why.' North America and Europe have very different forms and priorities in transportation. I'm curious why you feel Europe's system of public transportation is better than North America's car centric system? The one reason that comes to mind for me is for the environment, but I would be interested in hearing any other reasons you feel north America should adopt Europe's way of transportation.
Vid Advocate
Vid Advocate Vor 12 Tage
Lived in Ontario for a couple years when I was younger. Lived in Toronto, London and Mississauga; loved it. Now I work for a Transit agency in Utah. We are really trying to create Transit Oriented Communities. We're not perfect, but we're trying.
Rafael Santos
Rafael Santos Vor 14 Tage
I remember reading/watching Tennessee Williams and without giving it much thought, I just assumed it was fictitious rendition of NOLA. I mean honestly: why would you get rid of such a culturally significant, popular and efficient mode of transportation....?
Tsuki no Akuma
Tsuki no Akuma Vor 10 Tage
Your videos have instilled within me this great sense of envy. Being from southern Africa, the plan was always to move somewhere overseas where there's more opportunities- not the USA as that place is just a giant circus, but like Canada, or more likely Europe. Your videos have made me put the Netherlands at the top of my list. That place looks just... amazing. And they are reasonable about immigrants too! What a wonderful place
Rae・your non favorite person 👍・
I would think that when a city is “smaller,” that would be the most ideal time to begin to build a LRT system because more could be slowly added as the city grew. By saying a city must be “x” in population before we can build one is insane and just the start up costs to build one in a major city would be enough to make council think twice.
Kurt Punches  Things
Literally going through that problem in Ireland so we have the Luas which is a Tram the problem is our second largest city Cork does not have a single Inch of Luas line nope it just exists in the capital and the commuter belt areas the Luas launched in 04 so yea 18 years later still not a single inch of track in the second largest city
Stitch Finger
Stitch Finger Vor 12 Tage
If the light rail serves a town of 100 people that already mostly have cars, it would literally never pay itself off.
Jayden Storace
Jayden Storace Vor 4 Tage
Canberra, Australia, has a similar population to fake London and is building a tram, it's totally changed the city!
Kunwoo Dodd
Kunwoo Dodd Vor 4 Tage
The Hong Kong MTR takes this one step further by actually owning the malls that are built on top of its own stations, so that way they are incentivized to drive more traffic to their own malls.
GimletSc
GimletSc Vor 5 Stunden
This makes me so angry! And even i'm from germany where things are still okay i noticed a lot of the same stupidity (car centric thinking and planning) in political decisions in the last years!
Kenneth Briner
Kenneth Briner Vor 12 Tage
Having lived in Europe for on fifth of my life, I identify the greatest lack that all us transit planners have is a knowledge of Economics like stores malls etc. In DC area the new silver line stop in Tysons Corner is half a mile to two malls. In Europe would have put the stop next to the malls. They just plan to get people onto the city and out of the city. I think they would have have a heart attack to include economics in their planning.
Pedro Beirao
Pedro Beirao Vor 12 Tage
Does it mean that they have to consider the needs of the people who will actually use their transit? Shocking!
Annabelle
Annabelle Vor 10 Tage
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new TTC Eglinton line someday! Might be best to wait until it actually opens, but I hope it brings a lot of positive change.
G11713
G11713 Vor 9 Tage
Transit driven development seems also a great way to motivate development away from valuable farmland. Dwellings don't need great topsoil and regular rainfall, in fact the contrary would be perfect for such things.
TotemSP2
TotemSP2 Vor Tag
I don't drive, but I live in Australia, where I'm happy with my public transit. So watching the video was almost giving me a panic attack.
JarekTheGamingDragon
What's wild to me is that this isn't the norm. I grew up in Portland, I can quite literally get to any where in the entire portland metro area by one bus/max. If I do need to transfer, it's only once. Every bus and max runs every 15 minutes and late into the night, usually til 2-3am. Because of this I don't have a license nor a car, I have never needed one. Every time I visited Vancouver, Canada it was the same up there. My reality check was when I visited Seattle and realized "wow, this absolutely sucks and these lines make no sense. This one takes me 40 minutes out of my way and doesn't show up for 30 minutes, this one doesn't run for an hour randomly in the middle of the day for no reason, what gives?" Then I went to LA and realized Seattle's public transit is good in comparison. That's when I first started hearing people talking about public transit like it's just for poor people which is insane because no one talks about it like that here. I'd like to say Portland and Vancouver are ahead of the curve but they're not, the rest of NA is just behind most wealthy nations in this regard.
Jerry C
Jerry C Vor 3 Tage
Visited Portland nearly ten years ago. I'm from Texas, so seeing so much variety of public transport available was mind boggling to me. Texas cities desperately need to take public transportation more seriously.
Camouflage Artist
Life in America, is it that bad?: de-vid.com/video/video-GVC8i4oSB14.html
Group-N
Group-N Vor 4 Tage
@Kevin McLarkey Same difference.
Victor Finberg
Victor Finberg Vor 7 Tage
Well, Vancouver's pretty good, but it has some major problems. Many major lines are seriously overcrowded, and definitely unpleasant. Many areas have limited transit. And then, of course, a big problem is the city is designed for urban sprawl.
MyFirstName MyLastName
My son just got back from visiting a friend in Portland, and he was very disturbed by the high amount of homelessness in the public transportation system that is just being ignored.
Chicken Nugget
Chicken Nugget Vor 4 Tage
In my country, land near public transit has a high price, and every developer wants to build apartment or mixed used housing there..I think if zoning rules are less strict, North American developers would also build something other than single housing near there.. It is so convenient to have subway or bus stations near me. I live in a city where it is very car dependent and has a lot of public transit at the same time.. so living near subway station is a huge benefit. (Bus is not very good but Subway system is excellent)
Maniak
Maniak Vor 12 Tage
That little Bielefeld-joke is so awesome! I love how this little joke goes over from being a local thing to a global cult of active Bielefeld denialism. It's also especially hilarious because it is among the largest cities in that list you put up there. Actually, it is not the worst of cities in west Germany to live in. I used to visit Bielefeld frequently. 350k people, comparably low poverty rates, a huge campus university, a nice subway-tram system and low rents.
concernedspectator
It's heartbreaking to see all the concretized stupidity we're caged in.
keegaroo65
keegaroo65 Vor 13 Tage
I'm excited about Ottawa's future because we have an official (iirc) government document acknowledging that car development is unsustainable and studying things like walkshed and transit usability to un-carify us :)
Stewart Roeling
Stewart Roeling Vor 15 Tage
It's heartbreaking how most American cities-even smaller towns, third tier cities-had amazing streetcar transit in the first part of the 20th century. Then we just tore it up for the automobile.
neutrino78x
neutrino78x Vor 14 Tage
@YaBoiScrumpo "To the contrary, that sounds to me like they meant that a well-designed town would have everything one needs in a walkable or bikeable distance and therefore a car wouldn't be needed day-to-day. " There are towns like that all around the USA it's not unique to Europe. Once it gets above a certain size it will transit and everything needed for daily life. Before that, you use cars. (and even after that, if you want something that isn't found in your small town, you would drive.) And again, this isn't a problem from an environmental standpoint as long as they're zero emission cars, which they all will be in the near future.
YaBoiScrumpo
YaBoiScrumpo Vor 14 Tage
@neutrino78x I'm not sure if you've missed the point here or are just choosing to read what you want to my friend. I don't think MarioFanGamer was trying to indicate that a town having everything one needs is a sign of it being designed around cars. To the contrary, that sounds to me like they meant that a well-designed town would have everything one needs in a walkable or bikeable distance and therefore a car wouldn't be needed day-to-day. Where I grew up, a suburb of Chicago built in the 1910s, I could walk to see my friends and to the nearest park to hang out with them or to the nearest convenience store to get snacks and medicine. Where I am now in the suburbs of Indy, there are plenty of people around me, but my best friend is 6 miles away from me. That would not be unreasonable to bike if it were safe and practical to do here (which it isn't). You're definitely talking to the wrong crowd if you think any urbanist here is trying to live so far out in the middle of nowhere that our nearest neighbors are 10 miles out. That sounds like a curse to me, not my cup of tea. If when you talk about "small towns", you mean the kind that are so remote that their single K-12 school has a total of maybe 500 kids, you're most likely not discussing the same types of places as we are. I know you mentioned towns of approx. 100K in size before, and your nearest neighbors are definitely not 10 miles away in those. Sure, I'm aware that there are some urbanists who focus on particularly small towns and even rural areas, but the majority of us are talking about place where you should be able to walk, bike, and even ride transit based on population, density, and amenities, but cannot because they got (re)designed for driving instead. Nobody in their right mind thinks we should build a train line between two hypothetical houses 10 miles apart in the middle of nowhere. Also, you still haven't addressed how removing tailpipe emissions alone doesn't solve the issues of environmental impact of cars. Lithium mining for batteries, gas and coal fired plants charging them, the increased amount of tire particles left about by heavier electric cars, the heat and flood management impacts of all the asphalt we have everywhere for cars, etc.
neutrino78x
neutrino78x Vor 14 Tage
@MarioFanGamer "Humans are natural walkers. We did not evolve around driving in a metal box." No shit....but even in ancient times people used faster methods, such as horses. Well, we don't need horses anymore because we have cars. "The thing about small towns is that a properly designed town has got some amenities, particularly bakeries and a grocery store, " Yes....most of them do, beyond a certain size. If it's really small it might not have anything but that doesn't mean "it was designed around cars" that's stupid. If your nearest neighbor is 10 miles away you're going to drive. It's not an environmental issue if they're all zero emission cars, which they all soon will be.
MarioFanGamer
MarioFanGamer Vor 15 Tage
@neutrino78x Humans are natural walkers. We did not evolve around driving in a metal box. Sure, public transit also is relatively new but they're useful for longer distances and the short distance certainly can be walked, can't they? Furthermore, that one is from the perspective of buses and street running trams but many trams have dedicated rights of way (e.g. in the middle of arterials) outside of the urban core (which should have fewer cars) and higher mode of transportation mostly use paths independent of streets and roads. The thing about small towns is that a properly designed town has got some amenities, particularly bakeries and a grocery store, whereas cars are more useful for outside travel - when you don't have a train which regularily comes, that is. Even then, you typically want to use a bike (also relatively new but still requires physical activity like walking) or just walk to travel within such a town unless you otherwise can't (e.g. disabilities), even a weekly grocery run can be done with a cargo bike (e.g. bakfiets), though it's more common to do a grocery run multiple times a week. Finally, in addition of the trouble with batteries, electrical cars still pollute with their tyres through particles from the wear and tear as well as noise. Compare that with rail vehicles which only come in regular intervals and their tyres also don't wear out as fast i.e. create fewer particles.
Romiros
Romiros Vor 4 Tage
When somebody tells you that a town is "too small" for public transport, tell him, that in Soviet Union there were collective farms that had trolley buses in their villages. Then ask: if a broke-ass Soviet peasants could afford it, what's stopping us?
stadlauer
stadlauer Vor 3 Tage
The political will probably. Unfortanetly something very important when it comes to public transport.
Jason Fox
Jason Fox Vor 11 Tage
y'know, this just makes me hope you'll cover Vancouver sometime - we're kind of stuck in the middle. better than the footage you showed in Ontario, but nowhere near where it needs to be (despite more community and major transit development being done right now.) I'd love to know how we could be better, or understand why i like or dislike certain features we have lol
Hey you!
Hey you! Vor 14 Tage
Love the new channel banner of Utrecht Central Station. As someone from Utrecht it's always a welcome sight. I've seen it come by a couple of times, like the 10-15 seconds in the video you did with Climate Town a couple of months ago. Spotting it always makes me smile (partially because I'm really impressed with myself for recognizing it, even though I've lived here my entire live). Been watching since the Highway video in 2019 and every video you make gets me interested in (and informed on) something that I normally wouldn't have noticed. Great video again. I'll be looking forwards to the next one. Will have to keep rewatching them every so often while waiting for the next, so I can continue to give accurate information when recommending your channel to friends, family and colleagues ...and pretty much everyone else if I can fit it into a conversation.
Delta-Music
Delta-Music Vor 13 Tage
Just to say this, pretty much random: I've found you at the beginning of the year and immediately fell in love with the content. But I never thought, I'd find my hometown listed in one of your videos. So, that checked a box, I thought I never could check :D Anyway, great video as always :)
Ine Louw
Ine Louw Vor 15 Tage
It's just wild to me that London Ontario is considered "too small" for public transport. I live in a city with 350,000 people, with a medieval city centre that can't accommodate any buses (which means getting to the city centre is a pain in the ass), and we still have 20 city bus lines, 14 regional bus lines, 3 tram lines, 4 dedicated rush hour bus lines, and 7 train stations.
Chad Leach
Chad Leach Vor 11 Tage
That sounds more like out of necessity than desire.
Amadeuz 81
Amadeuz 81 Vor 12 Tage
"Turku 123 Bussi-linjaa ja 2713 Bussi-pysäkkiä." 123 Bus lines and 2713 stops, population its serving is about 335 145(195 191 in Turku). They also removed the tram but are now thinking of bringing it back.
Juju Blue
Juju Blue Vor 12 Tage
@David Chidester The US existed before cars though
mds00
mds00 Vor 13 Tage
Sounds beautiful! Your city has 13 more regional bus routes, 3 more trams and 7 more train stations than my entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador here in Canada. The nearest train station to the capital city is 1400 km away! It used to have trams in the capital, torn out in 1948, and even a regional rail service in the 1920s. The railway stopped passenger service in 1969 after the highway was put across the island (no you couldn't drive across the island until then!), and shut down entirely in 1988.
doorhanger93
doorhanger93 Vor 13 Tage
​@churbles furbles is every city in Europe run by Foxconn and inhabited entirely by middle-class professionals?
Ayeye B
Ayeye B Vor 13 Tage
I come from a car dependent region in Italy, and since I´m an adult I moved to cities where I only hop in a car when friends invite me to trips. Not to demonize the whole concept of private motorized vehicles, I get all the romantic, libertarian, nerdy side of it. Still, since I live in cities where I´m free of thinking about insurance, parking, petrol, mechanics, what if I get a drink?, etc... I feel much better. Everytime I return to visit my hometown, I either rent a car, or borrow one from family. You need to clinch the wheel for every single movement outside your home. It´s rarely a pleasant holiday.
David Reason
David Reason Vor 3 Tage
I lived in Shanghai in 2010 and took a subway line to the end of the line. I found myself in a field. I then moved to Chengdu - Home of the giant pandas - (Next to Chongqing) in Sichuan Province, West China before they built a subway system. I went to work on a bus and returned on a bus. The first subway line was under a large road which cut the centre of the inner city in half, south to north. Only useful if you lived in the south and worked in the north. Now 7 years after I left, there are 13 lines, 373 stations and 7.17 million rides in 2021! I now live in Bangkok which is another "Transit success story". Great videos, Thanks.
One For Paul
One For Paul Vor 10 Tage
great video as always! I wonder how people with disabilities which prevent them from driving can ever get around in a North American city? Also older folks who can't drive anymore. Do they just stay trapped in their homes forever?
Nicholas Scotto
Nicholas Scotto Vor 11 Tage
hey I love seeing the interesting cities that get things right. one that I find really interesting in the US is columbia, md which is a census designated district made up of 10 villages. I really like it there and I think all of the people are happy with it. I would say it is pretty walkable..biking not so much and not tram or anything like that but there are bus stops all over. But really any great urban planning would be interesting to see. columbia is actually quite a young city the guy who designed is from easton, md which is on the other side of the state. I am very much familiar with both of those cities.
thawhiteazn
thawhiteazn Vor 15 Tage
It’s honestly so infuriating the more and more I think about how entrenched this type of bad planning is in the US.
NiggaSniffa2005
NiggaSniffa2005 Vor 5 Tage
@Daniel Ferreira I know, it's wayy more consistent, but every person that argues for it are extremely rude.
Daniel Ferreira
Daniel Ferreira Vor 5 Tage
​@NiggaSniffa2005 You should use metric because imperial is inconsistent and doesn't make sense
NiggaSniffa2005
NiggaSniffa2005 Vor 6 Tage
​@Spugelo So we should use metric because it'll be easier to convert? Are there *any* other arguments that aren't bloated and rude?
Jean-Philippe Rameau
@Erkin Alp Güney Uh...are you reading the comments? That's pretty much what I've been saying lol wtf? How can you "fix it for me" if I already said it?
Kenneth Millson
Kenneth Millson Vor 2 Tage
From the US, living in Potsdam, Germany, blessed to live within a 10-minute walk from not only 2 tram stops and 4 or 5 bus stops but also a regional train station, and I'm easily connected to the Berlin S-Bahn. This is what true freedom feels like, I can just get on and go somewhere! Also, lol at the Bielefeld joke
ExMormon RoverPaula
When I lived in San Francisco my apartment was only a mile or so from a BART station (subway). However, it was almost impossible to walk from my building to the BART station. It was crazy. The main route that a car would use to drive there had no sidewalks, not even a shoulder. You'd have had to walk in a traffic lane. There was a different route that had a sidewalk that led to within 50 yards of the BART station. But the BART station was also 50 feet UP from that sidewalk, with a cliff in the way. Making this walkable would have been as simple as putting in a set of stairs. But it never got done as far as I know. This was in a high-density area of one of the best cities for transit in the U.S.
Thomas Riedler
Thomas Riedler Vor 2 Tage
As I lived 3 years in Innsbruck (Austria) and coming from that region, you have to understand maybe some factors: 1) the city is surrounded by the Alps, you have to have good public transportation, otherwise you're completely choking in traffic 2) the tram is not really perfect in my opinion, as partially sharing the road with car lanes. 3) the city is a major hub for the surrounding area and also between Italy and Germany. That's why there are so many intercity trains going through and to.
clemzo6
clemzo6 Vor 13 Tage
Thanks for the video ! It's really interesting :) Later I really want to live in Nerderland, more precisly I fell in love with Amsterdam. But with the future increase of sea level, I'm worried about the fact that Nerderland is uder sea level (French name for Nederland is "Pays-Bas"). It may be out of this channel scope but I'll be interested in how Nederland can handle this issue.
NineTnk
NineTnk Vor 15 Tage
God, sprawl truly is the ugliest/depressing thing I’ve seen, a one story building surrounded by parking lot 30 times its size, crumbling concrete stroad with no human in sight. The more I watch these videos, I feel more lucky I live in a city with proper public transit.
Sandy_Carpets The Second
@Calla Something An urban building in your current houses spot could pay hundreds of times more than you currently are. And even though I get it, having all of that free space is great, the rate in which suburbs are being built are inching your country closer to an economic crisis. Like yes, own that suburbs. But if you want to keep it, support urbanisation. Urban areas are the only reason why you aren't paying hundreds of times what you currently are.
BahnSpotter
BahnSpotter Vor 15 Tage
@neutrino78x Give me one reason why I should be forced to drive if I live in a city of 100.000. Yeah, there are none. 100.000 people are still definitely enough to support a decent public transport system, even with trams. What you claim is ridiculous.
Baron von Limbourgh
@Calla Something that's fine. If only the price reflected the actual cost of living there instead of being heavilly subsedised by the rest of society.
red benada
red benada Vor 15 Tage
@Calla Something sprawled out suburbs and dense cities are not the only things you can live in. You can have a walkable suburb without all the car dependency.
neutrino78x
neutrino78x Vor 15 Tage
any city with greater than one million people generally is going to have extensive transit. 100,000 people, not really, not now that we have cars.
Jenn Wanderer
Jenn Wanderer Vor 14 Tage
I live in Calgary. I've been to Japan a couple of times. Needless to say I'm very jealous and resentful of where I live. I hear the "Population is too sparse and spread out blah blah blah" so many times when public transit is discussed, but when I was there, I took a train to visit a remote temple high up in the mountains, where there's also lots of hiking trails. This temple receives as many visitors per year as Banff National Park. Could you imagine a train from Calgary to Banff? There is lots of discussion about it, but there's a lot of push-back. And it's funny, the same people who claim it would be a waste of money also complain there's too many cars in Banff, it's not fair to pay for parking, etc etc. CP Rail also lobbies hard against it, they don't want to share tracks and they don't want other tracks built parallel "In case we want that land for future development". As someone who can't drive due to a neurological condition, I'll probably be long dead before I see accessible access to Banff like I got to experience elsewhere.
Janus Kane
Janus Kane Vor 12 Tage
Yeah it really is amazing to see how much unecessary (though well designed) infrastructure those countries need because they werent built with car-owners in mind...
NoName
NoName Vor 2 Tage
Have you ever heard of the "Ladder van Verdaas"? It touches the subject of this video. It is a system that is sometimes used when investigating possible solutions to a traffic problem. The ladder is aimed at weighing up solutions, and especially at looking at how the construction or expansion of infrastructure can be postponed or limited as much as possible by applying other solutions. The expansion of infrastructure is the last step on the Verdaas ladder. Possible solutions can first be found in spatial planning, pricing policy, mobility management or optimization of public transport. Only if all these options offer insufficient solace, can the expansion of infrastructure be considered. The aspects are: 1. spatial planning 2. pricing policy 3. public transport 4. mobility management 5. utilization 6. adaptation to the existing infrastructure 7. new infrastructure
pluisjenijn
pluisjenijn Vor 14 Tage
I was just about to mention Portland when you mentioned it at the end. I was in Hillsboro last week where I saw a beautiful mixed zoning area around Orenco Station with the max blue line train going to Portland for only $ 2.50 - and faster than by car. Pricing is way better than in the Netherlands where it is still cheaper to drive by car than by train.
darth tator
darth tator Vor 15 Tage
I'm always stunned by the size of the parking lots...and they're all in the sun, there's no tree lines or anything...it's just all grey parking lot and some lamps...there's so much potential for either more green stuff or maybe a solar power plant, that you can park your car under. all this space could be used so much better :O
Raquel Navarro
Raquel Navarro Vor 15 Tage
Where I came from most of parking lots are under the commercial space, underground, even in out of city places, really "suburbia like" commercial centers. People don't want to walk in an empty parking lot to the shop, it is easier to take the scalators up. This is more expensive but also requiries much less space and also makes more compact commercial spaces. Even Ikea has underground parking in most its shops here. And also adding it is easier to put a bus stop (or wathever) on that space making it accesible by public transport.
Michael Stratton
Michael Stratton Vor 15 Tage
I feel like every American city has those two or three corridors that can be described as nothing but asphalt deserts on either side of an avenue with ever flowing 67 mph traffic. And the parking lots themselves have a few cars swerving around aimlessly at 45 mph. And if you actually are one of the unlucky souls who have to walk through all of that to get to Costco, then by God, best of luck you, you brave sole. Frodo Baggins didn't have half as much peril to deal with on his journey to the Eye of Sauron.
logicalfundy
logicalfundy Vor 15 Tage
When Walmart's parking lot is half full during Black Friday and Chrismas Eve - it's too big. I just don't get our obsession with vast parking lots. Sure, it sucks when a parking lot is full, but a lot of places go full overkill.
jfsa380
jfsa380 Vor 15 Tage
@Riley Nicholson there’s porous concrete, and/or mesh grates, the latter seen often for arenas or overflow parking, it’s a lovely lawn, unless you drive on it, than it’s supporting the weight instead of crushing the grass roots.
tthomas
tthomas Vor 15 Tage
@Riley Nicholson jack hammers break up pavement for planting areas. It's done all the time. Trees and other plants cool the surrounding areas. Carefully chosen, they don't need irrigation.
Idriss B
Idriss B Vor 23 Stunden
The imagery of the empty lot next to toronto station makes me laugh so hard, wtf america?!? Its absolutely vile to think that is commonplace in all cities across north america, glad im Dutch ! :)
Zach
Zach Vor 4 Tage
"The ridership of this thing that doesn't exist is too low so let's not build it."
videopalable
videopalable Vor 7 Tage
I got an ideas for a video: the intersection Elandsgracht / Marnixstraat in Amsterdam is pretty interesting, given that it has many streams of high volume traffic, but no traffic lights needed! Maybe include the shared space traffic squares behind Central Station too.
Collin
Collin Vor 12 Tage
“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation” - Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogotá
泣く泣く
泣く泣く Vor 15 Tage
Here in Tokyo a lot of train stations are just connected to massive malls/department stores. You could literally spend the entire day just inside the stations of areas like Shinjuku or Ikebukero. Some even have hotels connected to the stations. Granted not every station is like this, but usually the core area of a neighborhood is around the station. And most Japanese cities will have some massive department store style stations as well. Even when I visited Nagasaki, which does not have nearly the amount of intense urban sprawl that Tokyo has, there were still a few train stations just connected to malls and hotels. I used to live in Philadelphia, which I think has better public transport than most U.S. Cities, but I would sometimes have to walk 30 minutes from the train station to get to anything interesting, and through some sketchy neighborhoods, on top of it. It's just such a nicer experience overall and so much more convenient. My only complaint is sometimes certain train lines stop relatively early in Tokyo which has led to me getting trapped out at night a few times lol.
Jan's trip
Jan's trip Vor 2 Tage
One of my top countries that I would like to live in 😭❤️
Yohannes Sulistyo
Yohannes Sulistyo Vor 11 Tage
Many of Japan's best food are located on "ramen street", which are usually next to train station or alleyways leading to major train stations. Legendary yakitori, ramen, and udons are often found in these kinds of places. The idea is, you are hardworking Japanese salaryman, you are late, the dishes are no longer on the table, kids already asleep, but you just got out of train, so there will be plenty of culinary delight to distract your frustration. But today, they are mostly swamped by both domestic and foreign tourists.
Jason L. Gatewood
Jason L. Gatewood Vor 11 Tage
@Daniel Lamblin I'd vouch for Singapore. They were another country that was headed car/bus centric and turned to a seriously prolific MRT building scheme to put a metro station within a max 20 min walk/10 min bus ride of the entire population. Then augment that by an agressive cycling campaign (that's a victim of its own popularity ATM) The only thing I can't understand about SG's plans is the fact that trams aren't included. If they threw in a few high capacity tram lines to go between the MRT and bendy buses where it makes sense... they'd be winning for sure.
Jason L. Gatewood
Jason L. Gatewood Vor 11 Tage
@泣く泣く I was team "Save Harajuku Station" for sure, but the place was a massive fire/safety hazard waiting to happen. Not sure if you'd been there pre-pandemic during the tourist boom of 2016-19 but every single oshougatsu and hanami season around there, that poor little station couldn't handle it and I've seen a few folks fall off the platform a few times (thankfully not getting hurt) due to crowding. I wanted them to move the old station somewhere nearby and become a theme restaurant or store, but the real reason we don't have "old" Harajuku station -- Termites! Seriously! Also remember, earthquake codes are constantly being revised, and a few stations didn't make it through 2011... I was there for that too. The old Tokyu Toyoko Terminal was my favorite Tokyo station -- It's where the Shibuya Scramble building stands now.-- check my channel to see the last days of that place down to the last train to terminate there. Tokyo is forever changing, but that's just part of the big metropolis. Us Americans need to know when to modernize and let go of history so that progression and betterment can happen, that's the lesson I take away from Japanese developments in my 20 years of calling the place home.
Aaron Field
Aaron Field Vor 12 Tage
@泣く泣く Really because the only reason I don't want to move there is because of taxes.
Conor Kinsella
Conor Kinsella Vor 9 Tage
I love how you can see Amsterdam “Dutching” up the ocean right beside that island @ 12:16 😆
Triston the railfan
I was watching a train pull in and out of a station in the us and before the train came maybe 10 cars drove in to the parking lot (which is 10 times the size of the station itself) And then after the train pulled in many cars left and then when it left a bus showed up because one back road is the only connection from the station to the rest of the world. And the only place even walkable is a VET and later down the road is a CAR DEALERSHIP.
Balázs Varga
Balázs Varga Vor 7 Stunden
Its gonna be one hell of a work to force entire generations raised in a car centered world to use public transit. Modern humans doesnt give up on their comfort so easily. Its easy to build transit but its super hard to change the mindet of millions of people especially when it comes to their lifestyle and comfort. But i wish u good luck with that.
Daniel Buth
Daniel Buth Vor 14 Tage
I can watch hours and hours of this beautiful content. Still, I wonder for how long you will be emotionally able to keep this channel going until it finally sinks in, that misery and desolation are the immutable foundation of the American way of life. When I picture American traffic, my mind invents a scene of Werner Herzog monologizing in the middle of an empty car park.
X
X Vor 13 Tage
There is hope. Through informative videos such as this one ppl will be convinced there is a better way and can therefore demand changes from their cities. I’ve recently seen articles in my local paper addressing subjects such as the “missing middle” or urbanization near transit and so on. We need to make it an election issue.
Save Money Save the Planet
Your intro got me thinking about an argument that I often hear: “public transit is more expensive than freeways.” In fact, this question got me so curious that I made a video where I assess the cost to build and run a freeway into LA vs a light rail. Since it’s going to take me forever to edit and release that episode I’ll just tell you the ending right now: When I account for the cost of citizens buying cars then the freeway costs $500 million more to build. When I account for maintenance and fuel that the citizens spend annually for their commute then using the freeway costs as much as the WHOLE CITY spends in order to run and maintain their whole light rail and bus system! To be clear, I’m saying that a fraction of the population (along I5) spends as much on their commute as the whole city spends on its public transit!
Ekao
Ekao Vor 12 Tage
@Andrew Dickey Let me start off by saying that our climate is pretty mild because we are close to the sea and not close to either pole or the equator. But when it gets cold, you put on a winter coat. When it gets hot you bring a water bottle to keep you hydrated, and maybe apply sunscreen if your route has no cover and you have a fair complexion. When it rains heavily, you arrive soaking wet. So if you are so inclined, wear rain trousers over your regular trousers and/or bring a spare set of clothes if you need to. I usually just put on my coat and deal with having wet trousers all day. As for ice, hopefully the roads and cycle paths will be kept clear from ice by local government and/or traffic. If not, try not to slip by applying your cycling skill or use public transport. If that fails because the weather is particularly heavy, people will understand that the weather impeded you, and depending on the situation, switch to doing some things digitally until it clears up. I'm sure there are situations where a car can be handy or even necessary for some people, but I've managed without. Sometimes carpooling is also an option. When heavy items need to be moved I ask others for help, or I suppose I could also hire a moving company. This is exceedingly rare for me though. How often does one buy furniture that also can't be delivered to your door?
Andrew Dickey
Andrew Dickey Vor 12 Tage
@Ekao That would certainly work for some people. What do you do when it is very cold, very hot, or raining heavily? What about when the roads are snow or ice covered? How do you carry bulky or heavy items?
Ekao
Ekao Vor 13 Tage
@Andrew Dickey At this point, I would advocate for cycling. It's extremely convenient, extremely cheap and healthy. In the past 4 years I have spent maybe 350 euros on my bike. This includes purchase, maintenance, replacing stolen parts (thrice) and parking costs (none, besides buying a sturdy lock). The vast majority of my trips are less than 15 km, therefore most of them can be done by bike within 10 minutes up to an hour. Parking is never a hassle since a bike doesn't take much space and can be attached to just about any pole or fence if there's no dedicated parking. It's super flexible and never gets stuck in traffic since bicycle traffic jams aren't a thing. For the trips that take me much further than 15km, I would probably prefer public transport over driving where available because then I don't need to be as alert while travelling. However the last sentence you can take with a grain of salt because I've never had a driver's license.
Andrew Dickey
Andrew Dickey Vor 13 Tage
@Ekao You may be right - but as cars are generally (although not always) more convenient, people appear to have chosen cars as their means of transportation, even if the cost is higher.
Ekao
Ekao Vor 13 Tage
@Andrew Dickey I don't think cars are on the whole more cost-efficient than public transport. Public transport benefits from the economy of scale much more than cars do. Hence it doesn't make sense for the total cost of public transport to be higher than the cost of moving the same number of people by car. Besides, car infrastructure is heavily subsidized too, especially in 'murica.
Dope Peter
Dope Peter Vor 6 Tage
These videos make me so made living in Canada, I want to use transit but am always left struggling to find buses or trains to cities very close to mine.
Joop Verdoorn
Joop Verdoorn Vor 12 Tage
This reminds me of the Infradevelopment course I once followed at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Using infrastructure to create the developments you want
J J
J J Vor 8 Tage
Hi! thanks so much for your video. I really love your videos, it has changed my perspectives on cities :) I have lived in Montreal for last decade and currently in Vancouver, BC and I do believe Montreal and Vancouver are some of the best walkable cities in North America. I would really love if you introduce some of the walkable neighborhoods in Montreal and Vancouver as well :) Thanks.
Miles O'Brien
Miles O'Brien Vor 13 Tage
I have to wonder when I finish watching your incredibly well produced, delightfully narrated and informative videos, _who hits the dislike button and why_ ??? Car dealers? Hermits? Big Box store owners? I never see negative comments, although truthfully I don't read ALL the comments.
Erik Žiak
Erik Žiak Vor 15 Tage
11:21 Similar story in Vienna, Austria. They extended the U2 metro line literally into fields. Then a whole new city part - Seestadt - grew there. The metro line runs paralell with a train track on a short piece. I commute daily with trains on that route, so I had the opportunity to observe how first the metro was built, then the city around it. Vienna actually made super profits there. They bought the land cheaply, announced that they will extend the U2 line there, sold the land to private owners with a high profit, which not only covered the extension of the metro line, but in the long term provides the city with money from taxes. But when the metro line was finished and first trains started to roll, they were carying more air than people. This changed now. And the development is still ongoing. Seestadt Vienna. Urbanism for transit, not for cars.
Jablička
Jablička Vor 11 Tage
@Erik Žiak Then I've been to both your cities :) Bratislava is lovely too, I really like the old town's streets, so much of it has been really well-preserved when other cities modernised and it's quite refreshing to see!
Erik Žiak
Erik Žiak Vor 11 Tage
@Jablička I actually reside in Bratislava and commute to Vienna to work.
Jablička
Jablička Vor 11 Tage
I was in your city last week, Erik - it's absolutely beautiful, how lucky you are to be there! :)
Seething Simp
Seething Simp Vor 11 Tage
Do the streets have a name on that line?
Erik Žiak
Erik Žiak Vor 12 Tage
@Anon Ymous The section of the U2 on the left side of the Danube is built above ground as an elevated track.
Sophie McCarrell
Sophie McCarrell Vor 8 Tage
I was traveling along highway 7 in central Ontario and passed through a town of 1300, with a little downtown area. The downtown had mixed-use in it. A TOWN OF 1300! Yet in my city of Ottawa, ppl will bemoan mixed use, that it either ruins the character, or it doesn't provide enough housing. Anyways... I just wanted to point that out, considering the mention of old towns w street cars.
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