Are Transport Planners and Campaigners Anti-car?

Are Transport Planners and Campaigners Anti-car?


Car-based planning policies are anti-car, and they have been for decades!

Any self-respecting transport planner will tell you something along the lines of:

“Cities which only plan for private car usage end up with traffic chaos and a road network which pleases nobody, whereas cities which plan for all types of transport please all types of transport users, including car drivers”.

Of course, this is a very simplistic generalisation. cities can enact measures solely designed to restrict car usage, without actually improving other means, or they can improve transit without necessarily restricting driving. This is especially the case if a city already has a substantial but under-used railway network.

The ideas shared by @plasticplanners are no different to the ideas which you will find from leading exponents of sustainable urban planning, whether they are architects or engineers themselves, whether they are councillors or council highways chiefs who “get it” as such, or whether they are simply advocates or advocacy organisations calling for cities which are fit for the humans who live in them.

The only difference here is that @plasticplanners uses Lego as a tool to express these ideas.

Anti-car is no doubt a theme which will run and run here. The reality is that anyone who expresses a view that goes against the current status quo can probably be labelled as “anti-car”.

To look at a country which has managed to please both motorists and non-motorists alike (because in reality most of the population is both), then it’s best to look at Dutch transport policy. Are the Dutch¬†anti-car because they have such high cycling rates, and public transport is excellent? This really isn’t the case at the national level, but in some cities, notably in historic centres where space is at a premium, heavy restrictions have been placed on car usage. However, with parking still provided, if at the edge of these centres, or further out with park and ride, even the most restricted Dutch cities can’t really be called “anti-car”.

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