Crazy Motobike racing through the city rush hour traffic. The practitioner starts with so called “Gaswheelie”, means the front wheel lifts off. The speed indicator stands at more than 180 mph. The driver bombs down the street through the stop-and-go traffic. Everthing counting seems to be speed and adrenaline. Most peolpe commented that as crazy and scary…..
Every year the USA counts between 3.000 and 5.000 deaths of motorcycle riders. Most accidents occur at night. During rush hour traffic especially other peolple are at risk if motorcycle riders dash through the traffic.
Guadalajara hosted the X International Congress Towards Carfree Cities at the start of September. The Congress’s overall theme was “Cities for the people by the people”. It’s no surprise because it was organized by the local groups Ciudad Para Todos and GDL en Bici, which have been very active opponents to urban highways and have painted citizen bike lanes among other activities.
But: Is it possible to live in a city without cars? Here is an example from Germany: Vauban (and an article about it in NY Times)
Which means of transport do you use usually? I usually drive by bike.
Why do you use it? Using the bike means complete flexibility – I can easily pass by all the cars waiting at the red light…I would not like to lose this quick fix. Besides, getting caught by the police for driving fast is so much more difficult ;)
Which is your favorite means of transport? I really like driving the car – going fast down the highway (let me add: GERMAN highways)…;)
Why? Driving by car serves a high degree of comfort and more independence than taking the bus or the train. It is relaxing to drive from A to B in my own “room” with my own chosen music and my own pace. But I do not like going by car in the city because the worsening traffic conditions make my own trip longer and more stressful.