CleanTechnica Much of its news focuses on high-end electric cars and trucks. However, there is an entire world out there that is not quite as car-centric as the United States.
Far from the car-centric viewpoint, many of the same cultures navigate the more diverse forms of e-mobility with ease that some of us would like and prefer. They create lighter, even fewer footprints and truly emission-free footprints.
On scooters, electric scooters, bicycles, tricycles, cargo bikes, and on foot, they move around each other. How different it will be, yes, when electric cars and trucks replace toxic cars. In places like Paris, groups of people stream in harmony reminiscent of the avenue’s groups of fish – on bicycles. Cyclists and pedestrians side by side benefit from fresh air because they create fresher air thanks to the smallest footprints of movement.
In Paris, pedestrians avoid the path of bicycles, scooters and the like and wait for their turn. To be honest, cyclists never need sidewalks (they do to be safe in most parts of the United States). All bike paths, which are ubiquitous, are protected bike paths; Nothing like the tiny little lines we call bike paths across much of the United States – which sometimes make one gasp in horror.
I recently enjoyed working for a month in Paris, and found the city teeming with diverse forms of commuting. Like many, I chose to travel on foot. I’ve shared my long run with motorcyclists, cyclists (on sheltered trails next to them), and even the occasional motorbike cruising down the pavement. It is a way of life that means one attains balanced muscles and stimulated blood circulation, a better mood, a balanced mind and perhaps a calmer mind.
And for the most part, compared to the US, the cars were smaller.
Mikael Colville-Andersen was also in Paris for a week-long exhibition, Aux vélos, citoyens! The Mikael Danish Exhibition for Urban Design in Paris.” Some of us are in CleanTechnica Very impressed with his work. I’ve read and republished it from time to time, for over a decade. Everyone needs a good visit to their blogs, immersion in their posters, photos and movies. I may be the only one who prefers bicycles over electric cars in CleanTechnica, but I don’t think so, and I’m sure many of our readers do too.
Mikael is from Copenhagen, I come from the United States. My experience in Paris is sublime, balanced, and comprehensive compared to many experiences in the States centered around cars. Perhaps it is also the behavior and character of the city. However, the city lacks electric vehicle infrastructure and is as riddled with pollution as American cities. Mikael wants the cars to disappear more, and perhaps even more. I understand. I can give up driving my electric car without losing. I don’t miss my EV at all while walking miles a day. But if there are cars, I want all the cars around me to be electric. I want to be out of the cancer-causing fossil fuel exhaust blowing all of us, especially kids. This is the main reason why I choose to drive with electric when I drive.
Another difference in Paris (for American car culture) is the type of cyclist. Here, everyone bikes. One often sees elegant women in evening dresses on electric scooters. One sees chic style, mom and dad style, business dresses and business suits – all on bikes. I have to say it – no bike shorts, just plain clothes, even people in high heels, slouches and bikers. Ordinary people slip from here to there.
I’ll leave you with another presentation of Mikael’s work, my favourite, “Space arrogance in urbanization العمر. ”
Take a long visit to explore some of Michael’s other work. Go to his YouTube channel”city life. “