Monthly Archives: April 2014

Motorization levels in Switzerland

Motorization the Swiss cantons (canton population and motorization level)

Motorization the Swiss cantons (canton population and motorization level)

End summer 2013, Switzerland counted 4’320’885 cars, i.e. approx 537 per 1000 residents: one of the highest motorization levels in the world. This number has increased by 66’160 units last year. Annual increase is 1,5%, i.e. superior to the annual increase of population (1%) The motorization level still increases.

The increase of 2013 is less significant than that of the preceding years (90’000 in 2012 and 88’000 in 2011), but above the increase during the years of financial crisis (20’000 en 2009). The use of the automobile thus has a conjunctural component.

This increase is more important in the peri-urban regions. 2,4% in Fribourg, 2,5% in Zoug, 2,1%  in Aargau. In the same time, the number of cars decreases in Genève and Basel-Stadt. In peri-urban regions, the increase is due mainly to the increase in population. In the peripheral regions, the morization level itself increases. This induces a more important increase in the total number of vehicles (>2% in Jura or Thurgau).

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Top 10 reasons for a new American Dream

For three generations, the American Dream was largely defined by continual suburban expansion. The dream was based on exclusivity and “keeping up with the Joneses.” Driving was so essential that all other means of getting around became practically impossible. Privacy was everything.

A new America Dream has emerged in recent years. It is based on social and cultural diversity and the idea of community. This dream is more about great streets than highways. You can drive if you want, but you can also walk, ride a bike, take transit, or join carshare. In this dream, the things you are connected to are more important than who you are separated from.

via Top 10 reasons for a new American Dream | Better! Cities & Towns Online.