Cycling in the home of the automobile, by Marc de la Barrera i Bardalet
Photography: Abdullah Almutairi (Pexels)
Marc de la Barrera i Bardalet
MiT prospective Ph.D. candidate in Economics
We are used to thinking of the United States as the home of the automobile, which is why all the changes Boston is making to promote cycling are surprising, says Marc de la Barrera i Bardalet. He points out that since 2017, several kilometers of lanes and parking lots for cars have been removed in order to make way for bicycles. It seems that the city has decided that mobility has to be sustainable.
“Barcelona is taking important steps to increase the use of bicycles,” he says, although he also stresses the fact that there needs to be greater mutual understanding amongst drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. He also says that future transportation will mean less congestion, less noise and less pollution, and this includes reducing the use of private cars. “If we are really committed to energy transition, we need not only to move to electrification, but to reduce car use as well."
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