It is amazing the missionary fervor with which both advocates and critics of teleportation argue. Just a few hundred metres, in which bikes are given more space as part of a pass test, is enough to immediately put everything at risk for supporters of both camps. For some it is nothing less than the future of the world, for others at least the future of retail and often enough freedom as a whole. A little more quiet would be fine here.
Given caution, the development of robotic navigation has been one of the most important innovations of the past. So it made sense to design as car-friendly cities as possible for decades. But a car-centric city is not a law of nature. The growing desire of many people for a more sustainable lifestyle must be taken into consideration when planning future transportation.
This also includes switching to bikes whenever possible. The more people apply this way, the more space is required for the associated infrastructure. Since space is limited, especially in cities, a car will have to give up space. But that doesn’t make it obsolete. Although it has been decided to phase out combustion engines in the European Union by 2035, this is supposed to only further develop low-emission cars.
Traffic trials are a good way to test the equal interaction of cars and bikes. In fact, vulnerabilities can often be identified better than computer simulations. However, this should not be driven in with a wooden mallet. Taking a space away from the car where there is enough traffic, i.e. taking away from the car in order to get rid of it, understandably leads to resentment. Mindfulness should be the top priority, especially with such an important topic for the future.
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