In Urban Developement! It’s Great to Hear New Discussions! last week, I mentioned how I agreed Leigh Glover, that simply taxing CO2 isn’t a wise strategy and indeed I doubt is the only real strategy that policies have been focused on. In the link above, we have an example of such wisdom. To make change possible, you need to make it viable and and attractive. Cycling should be a big part of the 21st century, but unlike the majority of cycling paths that I’m used to (a thin strip alongside road ways where cyclists must dance between parked cars and furious Adelaide drivers), cycling needs better investment to make it safer. In my opinion it should also work in relation to rail networks for suburban commuters seeing as we’re at this point of significant sprawl.
The benefits go far beyond reducing greenhouse emissions as well. There are massive savings in personal travel (even more so with improved public transport where they can all by integrated together) and massive health savings due to a reduction of obesity, heart disease and respiratory issues resulting from pollution.
Investment in pedestrian and transit orientated development and improved public transport are among the best investments for the health and lifestyles in modern cities.