There are new buzz words that we hear nowadays in the urban world. Words like public transportation, bikable, mass transit, and walkable are all combined into the desire folks have to reduce our dependency on cars (and foreign oils for that matter). The cascading effect of lessening our carbon footprints funnels down to reducing climate change, improving our world and promoting better health.
We can thank our new generation, known as the Millennials, who have been a catalyst for this philosophy spurt. It’s about living in a town where you can spent less time in a vehicle and more time actually living life. That sounds quite appealing, doesn’t’ t it?
I think the folks in Albuquerque New Mexico have an interesting explanation and solution for such a rationale. Is it any wonder why energy conscious and life-loving people would shop homes for sale in Albuquerque?
In an attempt to give residents a visual of what bikable, walkable, and public transit would look like in their city, folks from both private and public divisions in Albuquerque made this poster-type picture to demonstrate it.
This image shows how much space the same amount of people take up on the street in cars, bikes and on the bus. On the left side, one can see 36 vehicles filling the whole block from curb to curb. In the middle, one can see 36 individuals on bikes paused in the center of an empty road. Then on the right, one can view a single city bus with 36 passengers right in front of it, again on an empty road.
This visual is quite telling. Less cars on the road not only means cleaner air, but more open space and less crowding. Less traffic can mean less headaches to many commuters. Also, when you are outside of your vehicle, it would seem more likely that you would be aware of the world, beauty and people around you more.
This descriptive image will be used by real estate brokers, urban planners, economic developers and anyone else who has a desire to encourage a more walkable, bikable, and public transit city lifestyle.
While there is a long ways to go to reach this kind of visual in actuality, change is beginning to sprout. It will take time, thought for people of Albuquerque to curtail the love affair with their cars. Most new home builders will admit that a garage is essential for new home sales, giving the view from residential streets as a row of garage doors.
Question is: Will the Millennials end up being truly that different from their parents spending more time on the road and living in bedroom communities? Time will tell.