Vehicular traffic is an ever increasing situation in urban planning. As more people own cars than ever before, the density of vehicles have also increased. Many times, traffic becomes congested and cause massive time delays between destinations. This increase of density and congestion also causes a major impact on the environment. The fuel consumption of vehicles is producing a great deal of bi-products which cause harm to the Earth. The environmental impact along with the increased traffic congestion is has lead modes of transportation to become a very controversial topic in which Urban Planners strive to correct.
Although more people are driving, the cost of owning a vehicle is also increasing for owners. As land is a very valuable resource, space in which parking is available is often limited and difficult to find. Then, when it is available, it usually comes at a fairly high cost, especially in the metropolitan areas like Chicago and New York City. Meanwhile, fuel for the car to run doesn’t come cheap either. It has been steadily increasing over the years.
The massive amount of cars also places a burden on the government. The government is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the roads that drivers travel on. As more drivers use the roads, the more often those very roads must undergo repairs issued by either the Municipal, State, or Federal government. This is an extremely costly to do. In fact, the government is using more money than they are able to afford in repairing the infrastructure.
With the ever increasing costs of owning vehicles, people are searching for more environmentally and economically friendly modes of transportation. Many cities are using bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation. New York and Chicago both have their own bike sharing system, Citi Bike and Divvy Bike, respectively. In fact, some places have completely converted their infrastructure for the benefit of cyclers. The Netherlands is one of these places that have made the drastic change in infrastructure. David Hembrow, a blogger about cycling created a short film that travels from a small city of Assen to Groningen in the Netherlands. The entire 20-mile ride was conducted on a protected cycling infrastructure. See the video below.
Biking would be an excellent alternative mode of transportation to the ever increasing automobile population. It will lessen the traffic congestion and the lack of available parking space for automobiles. It would also provide less damage to both the environment and the roads at hand. As an additional incentive, it also provides exercise for the commuting citizens.