Since the invention of automobiles, public transport has declined, even though the need for it remains. Accompanied by ever-accessible highways and interstates, cars have lead to empty subways.
Many abandoned subways lie beneath cities today, unbeknownst to some residents.
Obviously this is not a problem to those who drive cars but there are still people who either can’t drive or choose not to. And not everyone wants to commute by bus or transit.
This is why pedestrians and cyclists would benefit from the creation of lanes separate from major roads, allowing them access to important areas within their city without the hassle of dodging motorists or treading up steep hills and streets filled with parked vehicles.
Instead of neglecting underground tracks, we could convert them into such lanes. Within these tunnels are opportunities to create ‘light traffic’ paths as a safe and accessible alternative to driving. Along with unused subways, which would be better for inner city travel, old railways could easily be converted and serve as a means of longer distance travel.
Converting former rail routes would be ideal because the path already exists, so the only major change would be paving it, and perhaps some route altercations; it may be the only opportunity to create a new use for the track; and the path would have little or no contact with automobiles and other major traffic, decreasing accidents and injuries to both bicyclers and motorists.
Converting underground inner city subways would not only achieve those things listed above, but would also allow cyclists and pedestrians to travel completely free of automobiles; would allow all major city points to be accessible to cyclists and pedestrians; and would provide users with shelter from rain and other extreme weather conditions.
The more ways governments can encourgae people to commute safely without relying on cars the better for the environment.
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