|(Courtesy NY Times)|
Since 1998, the city has been introducing measures to combat this, including bike lanes, dedicated express bus lanes (the fabulous Transmilenio, above), and regular car-free Sundays. These have been studied and copied by cities throughout the world, including NYC.
However, we haven’t yet had the guts to implement the most effective measure: banning cars from driving in the center city based on the last digit in their license plate, two digits at a time, which means on any given workday, 1/5 of the cars are not allowed to drive there. (Mexico City has done something like this since 1989).
|Jerk in the Merc|
This approach has several benefits. First, it would reduce traffic volume on city streets and expressways. Second, it would motivate (“incentivize,” in the parlance of our times) drivers of the marked makes to improve their driving. Regular rerankings would allow brands to move up or down based on recent stats, much like clubs move between divisions in British soccer.
Of course, if the brand of my own ride made the banned list… as the Poles say, raz na wozie, raz pod wozem (once upon the cart, the next time under it).