Europe strategy for mobility, congestion, and parking

OK, when 4 people send me the same link I am perhaps too pigeonholed.  Here is an article from the NY Times on how European cities are addressing, mobility, congestion, and parking.  There is much wisdom in this approach, but we are a long way away from this point.  If we could do one change right now I would like to move from minimum parking standards to maximum.

Here are some highlights:

Globally, emissions from transportation continue a relentless rise, with half of them coming from personal cars. Yet an important impulse behind Europe’s traffic reforms will be familiar to mayors in Los Angeles and Vienna alike: to make cities more inviting, with cleaner air and less traffic.


Mr. Fellmann calculated that a person using a car took up 115 cubic meters (roughly 4,000 cubic feet) of urban space in Zurich while a pedestrian took three. “So it’s not really fair to everyone else if you take the car,” he said.


While many building codes in Europe cap the number of parking spaces in new buildings to discourage car ownership, American codes conversely tend to stipulate a minimum number. New apartment complexes built along the light rail line in Denver devote their bottom eight floors to parking, making it “too easy” to get in the car rather than take advantage of rail transit, Mr. Kodransky said.

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