- Oct 10, 2010
I would love it, personally. It’s efficient when the workplace and commerce structure is built for it. Autos aren’t illegal there, so gov’t isn’t stripping freedom of motion / individual travel. The railway and subway systems throughout Europe are simply a better developed version of mass transit.American's love their freedom, and personal cars are a part of that. The (what you think is convenient, but isn't) rail system and bicycle lanes wider than car lanes works for people who are fine with letting the government think for them.
When I was working in Mayen some friends took a train to Cologne for Carnival because the city was packed. And took the car all the other times. No ones putting up with the inconvenience and the not-that-cheap train ticket.
A friend of mine lives in Dresden and rides his bike to the train, puts it on the train and rides, gets off and bikes the rest of the way to work. Nice for him. I would literally kill someone if I was forced to do that.