In pursuit of rapidity

Thursday, 24 September 2015

by: Qurius

What explains the big success of the car? Of course, affordability and comfort play a substantial role, yet the most profound strength is its rapidity. After all, rapidity is the essence of mobility.

Door-to-door, the car is practically always faster than any other means of transport:

  • Only for short journeys the bicycle may be faster - especially in cities.
  • For most longer distances, between metropolitan districts and connections between city centres, public transport may be faster.

But, only for 0.01% of current car trips public transport is faster and for 88% of car trips public transport takes more than twice as much time.

From the (dutch) book 'New mobility' by Arie Bleijenberg.