Why Cars Rarely Crash into Buildings in the Netherlands

May 18, 2020

Not exactly climate, but interesting take on a different philosophy of how people move around.
Great footage highlighting Amsterdam’s terrific public transit.

7 Responses to “Why Cars Rarely Crash into Buildings in the Netherlands”

  1. pendantry Says:

    My take on this.

    • pendantry Says:

      Hm… maybe I messed up on that. Here’s the link I was trying to offer: https://pendantry.wordpress.com/2008/07/22/do-you-ever-break-the-speed-limit/

      • J4Zonian Says:

        I don’t pay attention to local news and very little news at all except for politics and ecology. Is that why in my entire life I’ve never heard or read about a single car driving into a building anywhere?

        Of course cars can drive faster than the speed limit. Going uphill in an old car under adverse conditions, for short distances (passing, etc.) requires more powerful cars than a strict cutoff at the speed limit. 130? No. But 90—when new, in good conditions, yes.

        And in some places—Montana, Germany—driving faster is allowed. Should it be? Hmmm. I’d say it’s not up to me but it does affect me through pollution and climate catastrophe and insurance rates.

        So sure, make it illegal to build a car that goes 130 mph. Much better, also make cars lighter but stronger, like EVs tend to be and could be more. 5 years from now, require all new cars to be EVs. 10 years out, all cars. Even better, get people out of cars completely asap and into trains, EV buses, bicycles, walking shoes, desk chairs, deck chairs, and the woods.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          “I don’t pay attention to local news and very little news at all except for politics and ecology. Is that why in my entire life I’ve never heard or read about a single car driving into a building anywhere?”

          Strange little bubble you live in, Jeffy. As you sneeringly isolate yourself from so much of what is happening in the world, how can you be so sure that you’re getting the REAL news about what is happening in politics and ecology? Sort of like being thrown into a baseball game when you’ve never swung a bat at a ball or caught one with your hands.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            PS What’s your take on the impact of the coronavirus on future efforts to combat climate change? Do you see it a a huge setback (as I do) or as an opportunity to set things on the right track (as do so many of the brightsided and wishful thinkers?)

        • pendantry Says:

          Of course cars can drive faster than the speed limit. Going uphill in an old car under adverse conditions, for short distances (passing, etc.) requires more powerful cars than a strict cutoff at the speed limit.

          Never heard of a speed limiter? It’s not beyond the wit of man to devise a machine that has the extra oomph to climb hills without enabling it to go faster on the flat.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I’ve noticed in my Austin neighborhood how many streets have been restructured and “slot-ified” such that more turns are made through high-curbed slots. It’s expensive because they have to modify drainage, signs and curb ramps, too.


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