Public Transport to Improve Urban Neighborhoods
Since its invention, the car has been the most frequently-used and time-tested machine in American history (excluding the computer of course, but those are impacting the automotive industry, too).
But the boom in construction has taken a toll on American cities.
Did you know that 4 million miles of the American mainland are covered in car-specific road space?
Although major cities (like NYC, which repainted 98 miles of road to provide bike lanes) all over the country are making an effort to make bikers feel safe on the road, there is still a jarring number of car-pedestrian accidents.
In 2013 alone, there were some 50,000 car-related deaths and injuries. And it’s sad to say, but there’s not a lot being done to help.
America still heavily depends on individually-owned cars. But interest and use of public transit such as metro systems, busses, and rideshare options, has spiked over the last several years.
According to a recent poll, in 2018 up to 40% of people in the U.S. used a ride-sharing service at least once.
Imagine what a difference we could make in our communities if we opted to use professional drivers for our everyday needs! For further understanding of the safety of Global Sedan’s drivers, read our article here.
But let’s look years into the future and at a larger scale.
If we normalized ridesharing the way that owning 1-3 cars per family is the standard now, all that road and 8—that’s right, 8—parking spots per privately owned car, could be turned into city parks and storefronts. City planners, architects, and contractors alike have been turning to “greener” ways to design neighborhoods and buildings. One of their safety tips is: increased lines of sight dramatically decrease crime rates.
Our garages could turn into more houses so that people can live closer to work. It’s no secret that rent in major cities has been skyrocketing. People who work 40 hours a week can’t afford to house and feed their families. So they’re moving to the suburbs—further solidifying the need for 1-2 cars per household.
But if we could make ridesharing the social norm, we could build more homes to help more people. That availability creates equal opportunities for people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, political affiliations, and careers. I think we can all agree that that type of diversity is what makes city life worth living.
Do your part in turning the tables and creating a better world for generations to follow. Choose public transit and ridesharing services like Global Sedan.