How to enable rural people to be environmentally friendly and affordable? For the series "Die Mobilmacher " we looked at problems and solutions.
The shortest route I used to drive regularly was 950 meters. From our house to my part-time job. In life, I would not have come up with the idea of walking the piece through our village or taking the bike. The car was always in the driveway. So I came in, turned the music loud and the heated seats up. Sometimes, when the needle approached the red, I even took the detour to the neighboring town to refuel. Six kilometers back, six kilometers back - for the one kilometer I could have walked. Today I smile tears when I think about it.
In the country, no track is too short to avoid driving. If the road is farther than the vehicle, you drive. To the baker, to work, the children to school. According to the Federal Statistical Office, half of the commuters do not travel ten kilometers, one third even less than five. 70 percent go into their car for these distances. Without a car it does not work in the country - a sentence that I had also internalized. He is correct in that also chain smokers are reliant on cigarettes. The problem of the villages is not that there are no buses, but that nobody goes by bus.
Meanwhile, even the ADAC finds that the vision of car-fair city was a mistake, that fewer cars would be even better for motorists. Diesel bans, lack of parking and the noise are causing some people in the cities to rethink and cycle more. On the Landaber the disadvantages of the car are not yet so clearly felt, here everything is still the same.
The villages have also been geared to the needs of the car in recent decades. Where once was a town center and the village life took place, today hundreds of cars and trucks board daily. Because most people prefer to drive to the mall two places further, the small shops in the neighborhood die.
"I'm going fast again"
Just as in the cities most places today are simply large intersections, residences are more like Autobahnraststätten.Man leaves the cart only for the bare essentials - and then nothing like weg.Einkäufe are done quite naturally by car, even if the store only a few Walk away. Simply because you can. "I'll go fast again," they say. There is hardly a village that has not been fighting for a bypass since then. That the solution could also less traffic noise, no one comes.
It's true: The alternatives to the car are rare in the country. The public rarely or not at all, many small train stations were shut down years ago. The main reason is that most of the villagers have not been on public transport since they were at school. Bus driving in the countryside is something for losers, for students, refugees, pensioners. Many buses therefore drive empty parts of their route through the area. No wonder that the offer is thinned out. The bicycle is for the vast majority at most a pastime and nothing for everyday paths.