28 January 2010

Slow Motion Future


I was cycling home with my kids in a snowstorm the other day and my son Felix said, "It's like everything is slow motion!"

He was right. Not only are sounds muffled in snowstorms, but the cars on our street were moving much slower than normal due to the storm and the thick snow.

It actually looked quite nice. The motorists were rolling along at about 20-30 km/h for a couple of hours. It was calm, cool and collected. They were all probably staring at the road what with the ice and snow and reduced visibility, which added to the appeal.

It was a stunning display of spontaneous traffic calming and it gave me a glimpse of what it would be like if the city lowered the speed limits to 30 km/h, like in so many other European cities.

Even in the snowstorm in the film, there were bicycles overtaking cars. How wonderful and human is that? Speed limits for cars that allow bicycles to overtake them. Brilliant.

6 comments:

Gussy said...

We get lots more snow than Copenhagen, and people have trouble sticking to the 50km/h limit.

wee folding bike said...

I lived in London in the early 90s. Moving faster than the cars wasn't hard.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.... how about this idea: Rather than use wind power to juice up electric private cars... use it instead to make artificial snow (with water from the harbour and canals) on 50km/h streets, in order to slow them to 30 or less... safer for sure, who wants to do an energy comparison?

Sirius7dk said...

@ Anonymous

That idea would open up for snowball fights in the summer holidays so I would say nice idea :)

Rasmus Jensen

didrik said...

Looks perfectly civilized to me.

anna said...

So true. I enjoy winter biking conditions too. Sometimes the bike lanes are not cleared and I can cycle on the road safely, because the cars move exactly at my speed :).