Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Capitalists terrified of #freepublictransport

Beijing unlikely to offer free bus rides on smog days- China.org.cn: "A Beijing traffic management official has ruled out offering free bus rides for residents on bad air quality days.
The free ride proposal has been floated for sometime as a way to discourage Beijingers from driving cars -- a contributor to the city's air pollution."
When Paris turned to free public transport to fight pollution, it seemed like an obvious step. Now they have decided it is "too expensive." But what they don't tell you is that fare-free public transport actually saves money. It's just a matter of looking at the bigger picture.

The costs of cars:
  • noise
  • stress
  • congestion
  • parking
  • pollution
  • collisions
  • police costs
  • fuel costs
  • road repair
  • pedestrian risk
  • on and on....
are reduced by much more than the lost amount of fares. And where does the "lost" fare money go? Into the pockets of common people who then spend it and stimulate the economy.

So, what is the problem?

The problem is that fare-free public transport gives people the idea of living without cars. This would be a disaster for capitalism. Cars are needed for economic growth. Cars encourage people to sprawl out and have children. This is growth that capitalism needs just as a cancer tumor needs blood.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

China aims for 30% #publictransit use by 2020

EMTV Online: "As well as capping industrial emissions, China would raise the share of public transport to 30 percent of total traffic in major cities by 2020 and promote cleaner, more efficient fuels, the new plan said."

Friday, December 30, 2016

巴黎十年来最严重空气污染 车辆 -- 免费搭乘公共交通工具。

Channel 8 News: "法国巴黎遭遇十年来最严重的空气污染,市区的空气质量指数达到150点以上,属于危险水平。警方宣布延长车辆限行措施,并持续开放免费搭乘公共交通工具。"

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hangzhou, China, 310,000 bikeshares per day, 1st hour free

CCTV America: "Hangzhou also has a public bike system that’s admired all around the country. There are thousands of service stations around the city, many of which are in close proximity to bus and subway stations, as well as popular attractions.

“Every day, we provide an average of 310,000 bike rides, 96 percent are for free,” said Wu Guoxiong, deputy general manager at Hangzhou Public Bicycle Company. “In Hangzhou, you can borrow a public bicycle free of charge if you return it in one hour.”"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Walk anywhere in in ChengDu in 15 minutes?

Business Insider: "Chicago-based architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill designed a new residential area for the Chinese city. The layout makes it easier to walk than drive, with streets designed so that people can walk anywhere in 15 minutes.

While Chengdu won't completely ban cars, only half the roads in the 80,000-person city will allow vehicles. The firm originally planned to make this happen by 2020, but zoning issues are delaying the deadline.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Pro-car terrorists come up with new weapon to keep people out of the way

TreeHugger: "We all laughed when we first saw the vision of the straddling bus in 2010, and then again in 2013, thinking it silly vaporware. Why would anyone build such a thing?"

photo: Xinhua

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nature's fury unleashed on China, but humans still pursue development

Al Jazeera English: "Heavy rain in China has killed at least 154 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes, according to state media."
The predictions of disaster are here now. Global warming is trashing human development. What is our reaction? Increase car sales. Time to change direction.