According to Bruno De Lille (State Secretary for mobility, Groen), there are 7% less cars in Brussels, measured over the last 10 years. In the same period there are 16% or 160 000 extra inhabitants in Brussels. The response of Els Ampe (council member for mobility, city of Brussels, Open Vld)? ‘The figures will be correct, but it won’t help to dissolve the traffic jams’.
I would say: let us all be honest to ourselves and only use petrol engined things when absolutely necessary. The traffic jams will disappear! Together with other problems like air quality, road safety, stress, physical health, obesitas,… And can you have a nice conversation with someone in the car next to you? Maybe this is also good for the social network… The weather? It’s more often not raining then raining (or just wait till it stops raining). Clothing? Yes you can wear suits, dresses, high heels and other fancy stuff and use peddle power! Check for Cycle Chic for numerous examples. And they live 800 km up north!
Pictures taken from Cycle Chic.