What's New

Small is Beautiful

Coming from a city where freeway driving is the norm, and SUV’s and minivans rule the roads, the slower and more relaxed pace of life in Europe is always a welcome and interesting contrast.  Many European cities were designed long before the invention of  the automobile, so the streets are narrower – and cozier.  Costs for petrol and taxes on vehicle purchases are high, providing deterrents to car ownership, and zoning laws that allow for mixed-use building mean there’s often no need to hop in a car to do your shopping, or to get to school or a job. Urban planning that includes bicycle lanes and efficient public transport also helps to reduce the number of cars on the roads.

The result is an environment that feels more natural and is friendlier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists.  It also creates a need for smaller, more efficient modes of transport.  Strolling through my favorite European cities, it’s easy to spot many creative, alternative forms of transportation, as well as some well-preserved vintage cars that might not survive regular freeway commutes.  Here are some snaps of a few of the interesting bikes, trucks and cars seen on a recent trip.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: