"Slowing transport in cities provides immense benefits for the health of
people, economies and the planet, so why are we still obsessed with speed?
As Mahatma Gandhi observed:
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
This speaks to our own physical and mental well-being, as well as to the health
of cities in the broadest sense. For the past century we have been told, and
largely accepted, a story that “faster travel will save time and make everyone
better off”. This is myth rather than reality.
How do people behave when faster travel becomes possible in cities? We assume
they get to destinations faster and “save” time. But the sprawl that comes with
speed means more time is spent on travel, and people have to work longer hours
to pay for all the costs of speed.
A great paradox of modern times is that the faster we go, the less time we
have. More time can be saved by slowing city transport than by speeding it up."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics