They May Not Take Our Lives But They’ll Take Our Freedom
Richard Florida passes on this poster and statistics from MÃ¼nster, Germany to illustrate “the different amounts of space taken up by different kinds of transit.”
- Bicycle – 90 sq. m for 71 people to park their bikes.
- Car – 1000 sq. m for 72 people to park their care (avg. occupancy of 1.2 people per car).
- Bus – 30 sq m for the bus.
So, it takes more space for each person to have his own means of conveyance with the freedom to travel where he pleases rather than being crammed into a single, smelly bus that probably isn’t going where you want to go any time soon? Imagine that!
It’s a good thing, I guess, that MÃ¼nster is 302.89 square kilometers and contains only 272,951 people.