American reacts to Why Europe Is Insanely Well Designed

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Ryan Wuzer

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@influencerzwerg 8 aylar önce
"where do you put your bike?" "How do you get to the train station?" I can't even describe how strange those questions sound to me (a European) lol
@preventiondechets1767 5 aylar önce
la population européenne ne vit pas que dans des villes. j'habite en France, en campagne. la gare la plus proche est à 15-20km donc la question ce pose.
@foxx9555 5 aylar önce
In US you nearly cannot survive without a car in many cities... it's sad TBH.
@ecenbt 5 aylar önce
@@preventiondechets1767 oui mais en France c'est tout a fait possible de conduire sa voiture vers la gare et se garer. Ou utiliser son vélo, qui est mieux. Donc, oui, ce sont des questions un peut drôles
@groushka 5 aylar önce
@@preventiondechets1767 mais ca normal que si tu vis loin de la gare tu va conduire la avant se montrer sur train, c'est plus ecologique que conduire pour la toute route, par example a Varsovie si t'as un billet pour le metro tu peux parker pres de la station du metro gratuit et puis tu jusque prendre le metro
@rozemarijndegreeuw7528 4 aylar önce
Same for me as a dutch person! We have giant (underground) places to park your bike.
@esuterunokitsune3556 9 aylar önce
As a European, seeing someone worry over how they'd get to the train station is kinda funny. My logical response is "just take the bus/tram/troley?" cause at least my area is very well connected, and the idea of not having any form of public transit within walking distance just does not compute!
@yodafloats9090 7 aylar önce
Wyoming is 3% bigger than the UK and has a population that is 116 times smaller than the UK. What kind of public transportation do you think that place should have? The entire Midwest is pretty much like that. big city's defiantly need public transportation, but the rest of the country is way too big for it. The population of Wyoming is 578,000 population of the uk is 67 million
@clockdva20 7 aylar önce
Like you said , if you have no Car then you still have a combined Bus and Metro System . People also cycle .you can even take your Bicycle on to public transport .though some times of the day cycles are not allowed on public transport at peaktimes .also bicycles can be taken on regional trains and some inter City trains .basically you do not need a car in most central European countries.
@yodafloats9090 7 aylar önce
@John Spooner you got to remember that Europe is just as big as the USA, but not the population density is 143 people per square mile while America is 34 people per square mile. Rember about the same size, just almost 5x population density. They need it more than we do not that we don't the big city's really do need it
@221b-Maker-Street 7 aylar önce
@@yodafloats9090 An interconnected rail network joining the towns and cities, with buses joining smaller ? You don't _all_ need to travel from one end of Wyoming to the other daily - surely? 48% of all USA car journeys are less than 3 miles; 20% are under *_one_* mile! I mean, do you people not have legs or something?! 🤣
@yodafloats9090 7 aylar önce
@Vatican Cameos I'm not walking 3 miles to somewhere in -20 degrees whether let alone in spring or fall. But most of town in the us are more rural/ urban areas we git huge areas to cross with few Busses. It whould never be profitable for companies to do buss rutes there just in the big city's. Would it be nice ya but but not supper practical. Look up the cannon ball rum it's from NY to Los Angeles. The record is like 24 hours Long with Average speed to 110 mph that's a high speed train speed and the fact it would take 24 hours Is something, I would rather just fly that distance in like 6- 7 hours instead.
@antoninodarioconti6347 9 aylar önce
I can understand this situation better than others. I live in Europe, but in a poor region (Sicily, southern Italy). Here, a car is a must. Public transport are still not a very attractive option. But. I went to work to northern Italy for five months. I went there with my car, thinking I would need it sometime. No. I didn't. I had to go to my car and turn it on weekly just to not make the battery die. Because the public transports were so well designed and cost-effective that actually driving the car was a loss of time and money. Now there are big investments to enhance public transports in my city, and I like the design that was announced. I am looking forward to use them in the future. Maybe I won't need to own a car at all.
@giacomoneri1782 2 aylar önce
Però onestamente avere la macchina è meglio. Puoi andare dove vuoi all'ora che vuoi, e non ti devi sorbire tutti gli zozzi e i ladri che trovi sui mezzi pubblici. Già in Toscana, parlando dell'area urbana di Firenze, Prato e Pistoia, dopo il tramonto sei a piedi. Fuori dai centri urbani poi non c'è alternativa. E non conviene neanche averla, per l'uso che se ne farebbe costerebbe troppo e non sarebbe versatile. È più semplice avere mezzi propri. Certo, forse in alcuni grandi centri urbani magari conviene potenziare i mezzi pubblici e conviene dare il più possibile la possibilità a chi viene da fuori città di poter lasciare l'auto fuori dalle mura e di spostarsi coi mezzi pubblici. Non a caso a Roma ci sono gli autobus notturni, avendo un turismo e una vita notturna importanti se lo possono permettere.
@svenlima Aylar önce
+antoniodario... In the south of Italy public transport a catastrophy. The time tables are completely arbitrary. From Cosenza to Lecce you need a whole day although it's only 150 km - that's the distance I did (once) on rollerskates! So I'm as fast on Rollerskates than an Italian train in the south.
@antoninodarioconti6347 Aylar önce
@@svenlima Salerno-Reggio Calabria has improved drastically in recent years. Let's hope we will be able to see the rest becoming at least "decent" in the next years.
@user-uz7di4my9r 12 gün önce
I live in Basel, Switzerland. There are actual studies here that show, that the fastest way to get from any point in the city to another is actually by bike. Followed by public transport of course. Cars aren't even allowed to drive in the large parts of the inner city.
@leaf2423 5 aylar önce
I'm from Germany and it is so interesting to see things from another perspective. It really helps to remind myself that we all live in our small bubbles. thank you :) Oh and - one reason why our transportation system is not perfect: The trains are alway AND I MEAN ALWAYS late ;-;
@viviankilloran385 5 aylar önce
Wow! I lived in Germany 32 years ago and you could set your watch by the trains and buses. I guess times have changed.
@arwal3025 4 aylar önce
Deutsche Bahn is a desaster 😅
@crescentmoondemon6288 4 aylar önce
So true german trains are a disaster
@jessicake97 4 aylar önce
Or they get cancelled or drive off from another Plattform number (like every dann time I'm in berlin)
@eleadetrebons3116 3 aylar önce
an Austrian student who came to study in my french school said the biggest obstacle on his travel was the DeutschBahn... But yall prices for the same trains are better than french ones, so I still prefer Deutschbahn to go to Germany X)
@janrodo4978 9 aylar önce
I live in Warsaw. Within 10min walk I have: a huge shopping center, another two grocery stores, gas station, pool, metro station, two bus stations, church, vet, dentist and probably millions other places you usually don’t visit often. I’m not kidding. To get to work I simply walk to the bus stop that is 100m away from my apartment. And the drive time is exactly 12minutes. I have been to US twice. I love this country, awesome people, beautiful nature, great memories. But the transportation system SUCKS, there is so many things wrong with it that I don’t know where to start. Just let me tell one thing. I lived in some kind of residential area where nearest shop was 15minutes away BY CAR.
@yushkovyaroslav 3 aylar önce
yeah, every metropolitan city has that mate, nothing new. Ever been to NYC? you have everything within 5-minute walk as well... But the roads freaking suck in EU. So 5 minute walk is like 20 minute drive there. US if its 5 minute walk its 3 minute drive XD.
@lecoureurdesbois86 3 aylar önce
So you were in a low density area and expected shops?
@krakis51 2 aylar önce
@@lecoureurdesbois86 I live in a low density area, I have everything I need in my village. And even a train station, with trains which go to the main lines every hour. So yeah, I do expect at least shops tbh, even if they're small
@thecursedgalleon7096 2 aylar önce
​@@yushkovyaroslavThe thing is European infrastructure is based around pedestrians, whereas the US is mainly focused on car infrastructure, which is why the US has massive roads and wider cars, whereas Europe has smaller roads and therefore cars
@yushkovyaroslav 2 aylar önce
@@thecursedgalleon7096 nope. it's not focused on anything it was build when there were no cars and mainly build "as the horses went" and horses go randomly. They had no design and clue what they were doing. (Only Germany changed that design during 1900s because they were desperately trying to get ahead of all of Europe, and it worked. for all the wrong reasons) Having straight roads is best for cars and pedestrians, as its 100 times easier to navigate. You can go anywhere in the city without a gps in US and in EU you can only do it if you lived there for years since the roads designs make absolutely no sense. The reason it even matters is not only that its more comfortable and less of a pain, but also that it is a logistic nightmare to do large scale operations anywhere in EU if it's not Germany. If any EU country had even 25% of US logistics it would collapse on itself because of its road infrastructure that is littered with unnecessary things, roadblocks, over complicated turns, illogical pathing, extra milage roads that go around instead of through an area, illogical spacing, and most importantly no logical design whatsoever. (Talking about in cities, the highways are actually really well designed in most areas) There is nothing good about it in the modern world. If people like the infrastructure and design of EU cities that is one thing, but the roads is a vital organ of a country's logistics and anyone who is worth anything understands that its very unfortunate that EU ended up like this due to its early historic success. Similar to US adapting the imperial system and is unable to change it now even though it makes absolutely no sense. But as time goes by and economies continue to grow this has too and will be changed, but current generation will not live to see it, most likely.
@dennis_nl7587 5 aylar önce
Busses drive you to the train stations in Europe, so you don't have to run a train track through a village or city. We have busses in the smallest towns so people can still get around. And yes, you can also drive your bike to the train station. There are special stalls where you can safely put your bike.
@shar4803 2 aylar önce
In our town we have 3 bus stops not even 3 minutes (bus drive) apart from each other, I could walk to the next stop within 5 minutes. Being on the opposite end of town from the train station (10 minute walk) it's nice to have the bus in order to get there to get to school, even if I could get there within a reasonable time by foot! I'm very happy with our train/bus system in Europe (specifically germany) even if there's a small delay every now and then
@dennis_nl7587 2 aylar önce
@shar4803 exactly, in my miniature town, we also have like 5 or 6 bus stops with 5 minute walks apart. The bus that goes through the town passes 2 or 3 other towns and goes directly to a train station. From that train station you can go through the whole Netherlands, with 2 trains you can go from South to North
@shar4803 2 aylar önce
@@dennis_nl7587 Yeah like from ours it's a half an hour drive to the next one, connecting us to the rest of Germany and we could even drive (directly) to Paris. American train systems genuenly baffel me
@stevenvanhulle7242 20 gün önce
Or you take your bike on the train. I know like a gazillion people who ride a foldable bike for that purpose.
@AFFoC 10 aylar önce
"Where would you put your bike" That was so American it was adorable xD
@Tomvaneester 10 aylar önce
Made me laugh too :-)
@ninaemerald9071 10 aylar önce
Yeah, finding someplace to put your bike is so much easier than finding somewhere to park your car. Just use a good bike lock and you’re good, at least where I live
@jeffafa3096 10 aylar önce
Every central train station in The Netherlands has a parking garage for bikes, with Utrecht central station being the largest, having room for 12500 bikes. None of them have a parking garage for cars though
@flyingwarrior12 10 aylar önce
In some countries, like in Romania, it is a concern that people would steal your bike or some parts of it. Romania doesn't really have a good bicycle culture yet, although there is some progress.
@HappyBeezerStudios 10 aylar önce
And you can always take your bike on the train. It is not only useful to get from your home to the station, but also from the station at the destination to wherever you'll want to go.
@missmaddy 9 aylar önce
One of my Uni profesor told us. "The easiest way to tell if a country is truly developed and not pretending, they must have more public transportation than cars."
@lecoureurdesbois86 3 aylar önce
I can guarantee you that every single country on Earth has more cars than busses and trains
@gamudo 3 aylar önce
​@@lecoureurdesbois86By that, he meant it like that taking a PT is more common than going by a car
@irrelevant_noob 3 aylar önce
@@lecoureurdesbois86 now factor in the CAPACITY of those buses and trains, and compare again?
@giacomoneri1782 2 aylar önce
It's not convenient for all situations. Public transportation works in big cities with lots of tourists and night life, where you can run it at every hour and still gain from it. Outside the downtown of the main touristic cities it just isn't convenient. It costs way less, both in price and in enviromental impact, to have private vehicles rather than have an efficient public transportation that can satisfy everyone, if in most places you have to move around just a bunch of people in a span of hours.
@MADHIKER777 4 aylar önce
Since retiring, I've spent some time travelling through Europe. It is almost sickening to come back to the USA to see how badly we have designed society. Many in Europe have shared car for out of town weekend trips, etc. They don't need one daily but the sharing gives them freedom. I've traveled extensively for a month at a time and rented a car only once each trip for an overnight excursion to some really remote destination. Mass transit is so easy, practically taking you from door to door with the mix of trains, subways, trams & busses. And all inclusive transportation passes are super affordable, no comparison to the expense of a car.
@mateomihalache799 4 aylar önce
I live in Madrid and you'd genuinely be surprised by how easy it is to travel through the whole city without a car only with the Metro (subway) and any bus. And this is only 8€ for as many uses as you want for a whole MONTH for people under 26yo I think. Also I think it'd interesting for an American citizen to see how interrail works in Europe, I did one with my friends this year and it seemed unimaginable to travel so much distance (8 countries) without the possibility to take some kind of public transportation since we just couldn't have a car
@AndreBerghuis 5 aylar önce
hi, dutchie here. we have a very dense railnetwork were in a lot of routes there are trains leaving about every fifteen minutes (to the same destination). virtually every trainstation is also a busstop, making it very easy to take the bus to the trainstation. and if you have ever seen the photo's of our bike-parking spaces, they are not photoshopped, and biking is indeed very popular here, so that is also a way to get there. some people take their car to the trainstation, simply because parking in some of the larger (and older) cities is not only difficult, ,but also more expensive than taking the train. it probably helps that the Netherlands are one of the most densely populated countries, everything is pretty close together.
@rabbit4400 7 aylar önce
I am 33 years old, grew up in Sweden and now living in Hungary, traveled to Finland, Denmark, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Greece and Spain to name a few. I dont have a drivers license and only used public transportation. Okay, I have cheated a few times and taken a cab but Its less than 10 times.
@tomasbriceno2319 4 aylar önce
The cab is still public transportation so I would not call it cheating.
@Jay-tv2lz 4 aylar önce
@@tomasbriceno2319 its not really public tho since you are a private customer and there are no strangers inside the cab besides the driver who you are paying
@tomasbriceno2319 4 aylar önce
@@Jay-tv2lz It's public since the user does not own the car and each car is used by many people. Also cabs (at least in Europe) are regulated by either the gobernment or the municiplaty, even if they are not owned by public agencies. We can argue abut carsharing services where you drive a hired car or about private unregulated services like Uber and Cabify, since these are a bit outside those rules. However, taxi services, at least in Spain (my country) and most European contries I've been to are considered public transportation.
@reeverto 10 aylar önce
As a non car owner in the UK. It’s extremely easy to travel almost anywhere I like using Train and then Bus. The cost of travel isn’t too bad and it’s almost stress free compared to driving. It’s great! Apart from when there’s cancellations and strikes… which is often.
@piccalillipit9211 10 aylar önce
Im British living in Bulgaria - the transport here is just amazing. Flat rate 70p for any length of but trip on brand new battery electric busses. Even the remote villages get 1 bus an hour to the city and where I live its every 7 minuts
@anni0banni 10 aylar önce
Am in Berlin, Germany and get mad when I have to wait for more than 5 mins for the train 😂. At night you usually have to wait around 15min for a train. Buses can take longer like 10-30min. And ofc there are frequent delays. Also I don't have a driver license and prob will never get one
@lm4122 10 aylar önce
similiar here in lisbon, i stoped even bringing the car while im living in the city, another thing that reduces traffic( we call it trafego, i know this m8 sound other thing to tother languages ) is alot of services people dont need to go to the local, alot actually can be used or called online, medics, social services, assurance, even most time i dont go to the market store they come to me :) and every corner we have bakeries, local markets barbers, pet clinics etc, just need a small 1 minute walk, and both subway and train station is a 5 to 7 minutes walk at max.
@keithbulley 10 aylar önce
That's fine if you're travelling within a big city or from one big city to another in the UK: not so good as soon as you get out of the principal urban areas and especially so in the rural areas. Even if you live in a non-metropolitan town, you may find that there are few or no evening services. Public transport in Britain is very patchy and journeys may involve unwanted detours and numerous changes and take a very long time as a result. Buses are often late or do not turn up and when that fact is coupled with infrequency and discomfort in bad weather, many people avoid them. I use real-time timetables on the internet and there will often be a countdown to a bus, only for the tracing for that bus to disappear entirely when it is overdue and the next bus one hour later to show as the next one.
@kaidrache2395 10 aylar önce
And you guys share a hobby with us Germans. Although the train service is on average pretty okay compared to the rest of the (non-European) world, you like to complain about it :)
@alidaveldman3526 10 aylar önce
A lot of the parking spaces in the larger cities here in the Netherlands are actually underground or very well hidden (A lot of the other countries in Europe have this as well, but this is from my Dutch experience). When these cities were build, cars didn't exist yet so we couldn't 'keep them in mind' while planning. Has forced us to be creative that's for sure.
@carmenl163 9 aylar önce
Actually, that is not how things went. 'Not just bikes' is a YT channel that has a lot of interesting videos about this subject. It comes down to making certain choices, which were made in the '90s.
@irrelevant_noob 3 aylar önce
@@carmenl163 Many (and i mean MANY) cities all over Europe were already well established (and their main roads too) before the 1800s... All that those '90s could do was to ask how they can FIT what is already there, without razing it all down and starting from scratch...
@carmenl163 3 aylar önce
@@irrelevant_noob That's not what happened. During the sixties and seventies there were made many adjustments for cars. In the 90's those were undone. NJB shows this in his videos.
@irrelevant_noob 3 aylar önce
@@carmenl163 idk... when you say "adjustments" i can only think how a whole neighborhood was flattened in my city to make room for a grandiose palace. And even that didn't quite "fix" the roads. Not much point in having 6 lanes there if all the access routes will only be 2-wide.
@carmenl163 3 aylar önce
@@irrelevant_noob In Amsterdam they turned some canals (Elandsgracht, Rozengracht)into streets for cars. I mean those sort of adjustments.
@vpoIOsak 4 aylar önce
As a person from Czechia this part 11:20 was taken for granted but watching This i realised how much free space we have for walking in EU
@jaizzj.z.3690 7 aylar önce
Greetings from Europe! I am very much impressed by how intelligent your questions and comments actually were and how you strike the perfect balance between what is the ideal and what is actually realistically possible to achieve. Very nice video, keep the good job!
@_cherry_bloom_ 9 aylar önce
In Italy there is a saying "Every road leads to Rome". Literally you can pick any road from north Italy and by the time you get close Bologna you start to see signs for Rome. Even roads to the country side can lead you easily there without using highways (especially if you don't want to pay for the toll) but it will take more time to reach
@flummi6966 9 aylar önce
Same in german, and tbh i saw various times roadconstruction that removed all to the cobblestone layer and i am actually living on a roman build street in cologne.Its still cobblestone.
@Infidi 9 aylar önce
that's because the earliest roads were built by Roman legions to be used by the Roman legions when conqu... ahem... I mean defending, yes, defending Rome
@_cherry_bloom_ 9 aylar önce
@@Infidi yes, indeed, it was for defence
@CKLach 8 aylar önce
We have the same saying in Poland. About Rome
@Jorge-ux5eg 6 aylar önce
Typical saying in Spain too
@stivie1749 6 aylar önce
Im from austria, i live in Vienna. We own 1 Car for 2 people, but use it maybe once a month. We used to live in the Countryside too where we both needed a car on a daily basis, because there was only 1 train and 1 bus (the bus came only at 6am and in the evening, in 4 years living there i havent seen that bus even once) So yes.. you still need a car when you live in the countryside. but the nearer you are to the city the better the public transortation becomes.
@CatzHoek 10 aylar önce
The map at 0:35 shows maybe about 5% of the network in europe. It must have been reduced to some main connections that cross borders or so. The map itself is doing a horrible job at showing the actual density of the network. And the narrator even describes this totally simplified and thinned out map as incredibly dense and there are almost no areas without coverage. Oh man. And the road network at 4:34 where he probably means Interstates and major highways is even worse. I am sorry but this guy keeps comparing apples with oranges and it's funny
@jillingkoke 10 aylar önce
Exactly. You can't stress it enough that the actual rail and road networks in Europe are way, way, way more dense than presented in the original video. The maps look like some sort of joke to me.
@viciousyeen6644 10 aylar önce
I was sooo annoyed by that too!
@mariatome8944 10 aylar önce
It is actually a map of the interrail. A rail for countries around the EU and just international
@CatzHoek 10 aylar önce
But still, it's merely a simplified artistic map they use on their website but has nothing to do with the actual train network. There is no such thing as "the interrail". It's a ticket, not a network.
@krisjanisstipnieks2632 9 aylar önce
At 4:34 its definetly major highways or cross-country highways.
@lul2thec 9 aylar önce
As a Swiss I often drive my car to the trainstation when skiing to prevent the traffic jam down the mountain at the end of the day. There is lots of „park + ride“ options close to big cities as well, as parking is a nightmare. The bike you just lock in the bike parking. 😅
@nynkestellema2641 5 aylar önce
The guy from Not Just Bikes explaines it really well. Since road need major maintenance every 25 years it gives the city the option to redesign the road. City planners can make different choices to include bicycle lanes that are seperate from the roads. Add mixed zoning laws and you wouldn''t need to drive 10 miles to the grocery store. I live in a small town and i have four grocery stores within half a mile. Don't need a car just to buy food.
@jz8734 3 aylar önce
Thanks for the video!! I’m from Spain and I think that the main difference between Europe and the US is that European population is more highly packed in cities and towns of all sizes. Meaning that many small villages in my region (Navarre) may have a health center and a primary school and grocery stores, even small ones. In some villages even the doctor, the priest and even the baker truck will get to the village so elder people no need to move. My priest, for instance will spend most of Sunday morning driving from village to village. Thanks again 👍👍
@007linkstar 25 gün önce
Navarra is one of the best regions in Spain in terms of quality of life too!
@monsteryuu9444 2 aylar önce
I live in sweden and public transport is really well designed.... I have four bus stations near me that are closer than 100m to where I live, using them can get to the train station within 10 minutes, and it's the same ticket that works for trains, buses, subway and even some boats, so I can go from my home, with a bus to closest train station and then with train to closest subway to ride a subway to Stockholm on the same ticket!
@mrsquid_ 6 aylar önce
fun fact: where i live, we have at least 8 parking locations scattered throughout the city(4 or 5 in the city centre), all either stacked up in the silhouette of the other buildings in the block or simply underground. theres very little genuine parking lots anywhere, most of them are either just a line of lots along the street side or 10-30 spaces per shop if theyre a little further from the centre.
@ostapk8624 10 aylar önce
There are "park-and-ride" schemes in europe, where you drive your car or bike to a train or tram station to take public transport in the cities. Secure parking facilities for both cars and bikes are indeed provided at these places.
@bastik.3011 10 aylar önce
And they are often more inexpensive then parking options in the city. Its like 2 Euros for the whole day
@sirdavidoftor3413 10 aylar önce
Toronto and other major cities in Canada have kiss and ride schemes! With some parking options. We add love to your commute! Stay safe, stay sane, stay strong Ukraine 🇺🇦
@dirkspatz3692 10 aylar önce
@@bastik.3011 In more rural areas - close to cities - here in Germany there are often free P&R parking places.
@dasy2k1 10 aylar önce
Many now have park and ride on the outskirts near to highway interchanges served by metro, tram or bus systems into the city centre. Often the parking is free when you buy a day transit ticket
@bastik.3011 10 aylar önce
@@dirkspatz3692 yeah aslong as you have a Train ticket i think. Our SBahn Station has free Parking to i think
@DaniloInMUC 9 aylar önce
It depends on where in Europe you live though. I come from a small town in southern Italy and driving a car is essential, as public transport, although it exists, is completely unreliable. I used to live very close to the city center, so I was lucky enough everything I needed was at walking distance, but my office was in the suburbs and man was it hell driving to and from, and finding a parking space was just a nightmare. Five years ago I moved to Munich, and my perspective completely changed. Public transport is very well developed, works efficiently and is reliable, you can easily reach any area of the city. It's expensive, I'll give you that, but nothing compared to the costs that owning a car entails. I only own a bike here, and even though I miss driving a car, I don't miss one at all. I just don't need it.
@andreaarhelger8622 5 aylar önce
I lived in Hamburg for about 20 years and most of them I didn't own a car, but then I increasingly felt a need to be in nature and by the seaside, so the last 4 years living in Hamburg I had a car, but only used it on the weekends to get out of the city. Now I live at the Baltic Sea in a very beautiful but remote spot. It would be impossible to live here without a car. What I really wanted to say is, even in Europe it depends pretty much on where you live...
@unboxing_legend7708 6 aylar önce
i think a good youtuber to watch videos on about this relative sort of stuff would have to be not just bikes. his content revolves around this sort of thing and takes a deeper dive into how other countries and places around the world go about the econmics of towns cities and key hotspots in the country. i also think doing some self research on the random knowledge to do with the economics or structure of how the UK plans out their towns for economic growth may help to understand more how the UK are more efficiant with this sort of thing than the US. for the 3 towns i live near, u can see a clear difference in economic growth between each one and how theyve been planned out and designed to work with nearby towns. 1 town is more a historical significance and old style town that isnt really modernised and still has its cobblestone roads here and there, the town i tend to go to the most, is starting to become more of a hotspot over the years because its solid economic growth and how the town is laid out and then you have the last town which has got poor economic growth due to the poor design choice and higher crime rate and the poor standards the area has kept up over the years. u can tell which town likely would have the best chance to becoming a possible city in the next 50 years to a town that will either only just start to get its economic growth or will be the least likely to evolve and improve overtime. for the most part ive seen improvements in the towns over the last 5 to 10 years and one having a substantial growth thanks to where it is and how accessable it is.
@Dorloteelasouris 9 aylar önce
I am belgian. Most major cities in Europe prevent cars from entering the city center or historic center. The constraints brought by the EU offer us more pleasant and greener cities, but they also give us a lot of constraints. Like for example the prohibition for certain older or more polluting vehicles to enter cities and be heavily taxed. Currently, we have little time left to change vehicles to meet standards, which is not financially possible for everyone. In cities, our cars will have to be electric or hybrid, but technology and terminals are slow. Change has always had to be good and at least good. Respecting the ecological quota requires everyone to make sacrifices that are not always easy.
@jugatsumikka 2 aylar önce
You take piblic transports, like bus or tramway to the train station, it doesn't suck because it is also cheap and mostly efficient.
@walterjoshuapannbacker1571 10 aylar önce
" Most people in Europe own a car , though ..." - I actually got rid of my car six months ago - and I am surprised at how "relaxed" I am when I get home from work after an hour on the train compared to 90 minutes in heavy car traffic.
@xdlol59 9 aylar önce
I go home in 30 minutes by a tram and by a car I would spend 90 minutes! (because of car traffic) I love trams
@piau1798 9 aylar önce
And don’t forget you can read, listen to Musik, do homework (done that so often as a student) etc while getting transported. Not possible whilst driving a car
@colachofcb 8 aylar önce
@@piau1798 Or sleep 😅
@Delibro 8 aylar önce
I bought myself a car when I started a new job, cus by train it was 60+ minutes and by car 20 minutes, and I live and work in a major city in Germany. But individual anecdotes don't tell much, studies does. A study say that car is much faster most times, even with traffic included. But that's why you have both in Europe, car and public traffic.
@phoearwenien4355 8 aylar önce
@@Delibro Depends. I refuse to own a car, because I live in a centre of a big city in Europe and know from experience how much time it takes to move from one street to another by car (most often it is faster to just walk which is absurd in itself). And it's not anegdotal, it's as obvious to everyone as the sun rising on the East. So, every time my family visits me, I had to include them being late at least half an hour, despite knowing it would take less without a car. The most efficient and fast transportation you can get to commute in a big city is a combination of tram/train/metro and electric kickscooter. That's a jackpot combination. Only when you need to move long distances form village to village the car would be much more efficient.
@MajorMagna 10 aylar önce
If you're interested in public transport, I'd love to see your reactions to the history of railways in the UK, and around the world.
@niico3_ Aylar önce
I am 20 years old and I have never driven, I have always been able to go anywhere by public transport, one of the things I like most about being European is that
@221b-Maker-Street 7 aylar önce
I commute in to London by train fairly regularly. Depending on where I'm starting from/time of year/amount of luggage, I either take one of my bikes on the train with me (one is a folding bike so I can even take it on the Tube), or yes - I drive to the train station, leave my car in the station car park, and get the train into central London. It's _possible_ to drive into London, but no-one does because it would take twice as long, cost twice as much, and be at least twice as stressful. As it is, I can work on the train, watch a film, read a book, nap, chat to friends, or just gaze out the window for a bit. Our rail network used to have a strap line - _"Let the train take the strain..."_
@cecile436 5 aylar önce
In Belgium, I lived in a small village. When I went to school in a bigger city, I had to take train and buses, but most of the time, my father had to drive me to the nearest station and pick me up in the evening as I was leaving before the first bus and coming back after the last one (I arrived at the station at 6:54 pm) Not all countries have that 3 months rule. I moved to Germany because I had a German boyfriend, I wasn't speaking German at the time and obviously didn't have a job, and I was in full burn out. They gave me German lessons and ten years later, I'm single and still living there (and I'm about to start a formation after my second burn out.) What I think is the most "impressive", it's that all these countries with all these different languages managed to get along to coordinate transportation throughout the continent. Great collaboration. After, it's not everywhere like this. In the countryside, you'd rather have a car (and if you struggle with social phobia too XD ) I'm thinking about moving to Sweden one day maybe, but to stay longer than 3 months there you need a job or to be a student.
@One_queer_germ 6 aylar önce
the ability to travel without a car here (Germany) is super nice and especially for my independence as a teen/kid. when i was in elementary school i used to bike for like maybe 10 ish mins and i was at school and now in middle/high school it's like a 3 minute walk. I do live somewhat near the center of my city but still you can get almost everywhere by either walking, biking or public transport:)
@floraflowers 5 aylar önce
I think it depends a bit on where you live. Big as well as smaller cities will definitely have access to public transportation and train stations; hell, I absolutely *love* how well-organized public transportation is here in comparison to my hometown in East Europe, not to mention German punctuality on how reliable it is, I can literally set my watch to the tram time schedule. I also have a friend who lives close to the Dutch border and, as a teenager, would often take the train to the Netherlands on the weekend just to go and hang out with friends. But I've also been to smaller towns that had one bus that would come twice a day and towns a bit bigger than this where people would still use cars to commute.
@ushiefreebird7470 10 aylar önce
The difference is just that European cities were built long before cars were invented. Some cities are 2000 years old, but most at least a 1000 years or so. In South East France, at the Italian border, where I live, the landscape is rather steep towards an amazing coastline, and villages were built with steps leading further up. There are steps everywhere. These were built hundreds of years ago. Now a fancy city like Monaco has ajusted to this by building lifts next to the steps. So you do not need a car at all.
@Fabii2000 9 aylar önce
Well but tbf American cities also weren’t build around cars. There are good photos on the internet where you can see many cities 80 years ago. They were TRANSFORMED to be car cities. Like the video mentioned in America many homes were destroyed to build highways. Even to day they do this. Same for the Netherlands. When you go back 80 years you will see that the cities arnt build around bikes. It was as car centric as any another European city but they transformed it to be one. Boston is a great example where they didn’t destroy the whole city just for highways and parking lots.
@007arek 8 aylar önce
@@Fabii2000 When there weren't many cars, Europe was also more car focused. It was more difficult do do (also because of the history - you won't destroy a church that has 1000 years in order to build a road). Nowadays the EU promotes alternatives to cars.
@penguin3540 6 aylar önce
@@Fabii2000 well America did this because at the time, cars seemed so modern and these highways were meant to help with transportation between cities. Most European cities were still focused on rebuilding after WW2 and also wanted to preserve their cities
@incaseofimportantnegotiations 6 aylar önce
a chariot is bigger than a car and it craps everywhere
@TheAzorg 5 aylar önce
@@incaseofimportantnegotiations i'd like a chariot ride to work and back and crap at them peasants i have to work with (that's a joke lads, don't take this seriously!)
@tonyeden2944 17 gün önce
Ryan, the new Florida high speed line actually reaches 79 mph. The Europe maps were not really correct as the map showed only the main lines. Had it showed all lines it would be just a red mass. In the UK we have a huge high speed network of 125 mph but it was not shown on the map. My "local" mainline station in Reading has nearly 700 train movements A DAY. People do drive to stations to commute to work, sometimes 15 miles sometimes 120 miles each day. My small town station has a train in several routes about every 15 MINUTES. Tony, England
@StefanVeenstra 8 aylar önce
12:40 😮 Wow, in the Netherlands typically any road allowing cars over 18 mph the vulnerable cyclist gets separated into protected bike paths. Not just lanes, proper separated paths. Some rural roads allow shared usage, those have speed limits of 37 mph. Anything above that is off limits for cyclists and generally has bike infrastructure even more separated from the high speed road. And yes these bike paths still allow us to traverse the entire country without fearing for our safety.
@giloises 4 aylar önce
Hey Ryan, yes, you go to the train station by bike, on foot or by public transport. Most train stations here have large areas where you can park your bike. You can also get on the train with your bike in certain cases. And there are also parking gararges in the cities for cars . They are usually a few floors high and you obviously have to pay by the hour for them . They can be close to the city centre, but usually a bit further away so you still need to walk a little. You see, you can't have a busy parking garage right next to a beautiful gothic cathedral. That's not nice. I also recommend you the TRshow channel Notjustbikes. I like your sense of humor. Greetings from Antwerp, Belgium.
@antokiller8489 4 aylar önce
There is a problem with the trains in Europe, specifically in Poland, as we experience a high demand for trains during the summer. Consequently, the country ends up utilizing trains that are meant for disposal, resulting in overcrowding similar to trains in India. While we do not face issues with closing doors, finding a place to stand or sit becomes difficult, and some trains also suffer from significant delays lasting for hours.
@chrisscalemodels5373 5 aylar önce
I live in Germany but I’ve seen this in other EU countries: yes, often we drive with car or even bike to the train station if it’s not in our neighborhood. There you have special parking spaces (in Germany the are called park and ride) we’re you can park your car. Since 2 month we have this really nice 49€ (a month)ticket which is valid in all public city transports like trams and buses but also on the trains but only the regional lines, but you could ride let’s say from Berlin to Munich with 10 train changes.
@angelstuff7608 Aylar önce
The thing that everyone ignores is the area that isn't big cities. There are only 4 buses a day that can take me to my home town from my school town and I live in europe (Lithuania). But when I go to the capital, there are busses going the same route every 10-30 minutes, so obviously there are no complaints there. Sure, the government is working to make the non big city area more connected to the city, but it hasn't been done yet, so sometimes I have to wait for like 2 hours after school to get home.
@Runnerskeeper 2 aylar önce
6:20 here in Germany, we do. It's called Park & Ride. We also have Bus stops with a designated parking space. It's perfect for people that live in an area where public transportation isn't that good and just want to ride the car to a train or bus station and continiue there trip to, let's say the next city where parking is rare and most of the times isn't really cheap.
@BeesKneesBenjamin 5 aylar önce
I think the issue is trying to compare a country with a continent. For every European country, you usually have a couple spots with a very high population density, just like the US. But Europe is a ton of small countries with relatively small hotspots, contrasting cultures and different languages, keeping populations within their boarders rather than migrating from one part of the continent to the other (it still happens of course, but moving a big distance comes with adapting to a different culture and learning a completely new language). This causes a relatively homogeneous population density throughout the continent, which results in a relatively homogeneous distribution of railroads and highways. It makes sense that the highways and railways in the US are most developed around the coast, most people live there and if you seek opportunity, it is easy for Americans to migrate to those cities. If I look at just my country (the Netherlands) you also see the road network in the West and South is way more developed than in the north simply because there's more people living there because of better job opportunities. People naturally move to the area where the climate is the best, and are restricted by the borders. Having a such a gigantic country has pros and cons, the US has a big wealth of resources and easy free travel from the east to the west coast without paperwork (well I guess we have the Schengen area) but it makes sense geographically why most people decide to live at the coastline meaning you'll have to deal with much wackier population distributions than a small European country like the Netherlands XD.
@Just_A_Noob912 6 aylar önce
i live in Italy and i realise just now how lucky i am to be able to travel with few euros litterally across my state without a driver licence. Also if you are an EU resident you don't need any kind of passport so i could woke up one day and say to my friend lets go to Switzerland and get there with public transports in 3 hours
@yourbestoption09 6 aylar önce
i dont know how it works in other european countries, but i figure its likely somewhat similar. Most households here in Denmark do have a car or two. But a lot of people in cities, especially larger cities choose to instead just have a bike that you either ride all the way to work, or that you ride down to the nearby bus stop or tram/train/metro. Our public transportation network is very extensive. Almost everywhere is covered by bus. I used to live far out in the country and while i did still have to ride my bike 3 km to the bus stop, there at least was a bus. We have 2 different kinds of busses. The city ones that cover almost every section of the entire cities and the national ones that usually connect larger cities to all the smaller villages around the area. The whole country is also covered by taxi's but these are rather expensive so usually only used rarely for getting home from parties. Now if we have such a great public transportation network, then why do most people who dont live in larger cities still have cars? because while almost everything is connected by bus, most times that bus only comes by every hour or so - and in the weekend it doesnt come at all. And often times where you need to go isnt connected with just one bus ride. You usually have to switch busses or switch from bus to train to bus again. And that means a ride that would take 20 min. in your car could take 1,5 hours with public transportation. And this is not mentioning all the time you have to wait at the bus stop or train station for your first ride to arrive, or the travel time it would take you to walk or ride your bike from your home to that first bus stop. So its just really inconvenient most of the time. Very cheap compared to a car, but just non functional to most people with a schedule. Again unless you live in one of the larger cities. Forexample in Copenhagen there is a bus or train every 2 or 3 minuttes at almost every stop, so here its much more reliable and much more convenient. So to answer your question yes we do still have a lot of cars, but no we dont take our car to the train station - unless to pick someone up or put someone off. We take a bike or a bus depending on how close it is. And to answer your question in regards to where we put our bike: All train stations has bike sheds or bike parking. which is free you just lock your bike to the metal bike holder. And all busstops out on the country side also usually have a shed to park bikes or you just park them next to the busstop and lock them. Since its in the country there isnt a lot of stuff around that you block with your bike. And if you are in a larger city usually busses are made in a way so you can take your bike with you in the bus. you can also take your bike with you in most trains and then just park it at your destination.
@0Defensor0 10 aylar önce
Actually, there are a lot of places where the train goes through a neighborhood. This usually happens when the cities grow, and the new suburbia gets built along the rail. You usually can find smaller stations similar to bus stops too, so the people who live there have an easy access to travel. Also, most people in Europe don't necessarily need a car (or even a bike) for the daily life, because public transportation can usually manage the work commuters, and if you need groceries or something, there are small shops everywhere, within a 5-10 minute distance. And when I say 5-10 minute, I mean on foot, not with a car.
@vrenelimeyer2856 10 aylar önce
I definitely have to disagree on the point we don't need cars. I live in germany and in the countryside (still one of the better connected rural areas though) and you most definitely need a car here. Public transport is great in the larger cities but not in the countryside. For my last job I had to drive about 30 minutes or alternatively (but not really) I could take the bus the evening before, sleep at a random busstop and take another bus for the last stretch. There was literally no other way to be at my place of work at 8am. Busses and trains leve here about every few hours. But they won't take you everywhere and on weekends or after like 9pm you're stuck. And did I mention about 70% of busses only go on school days?
@viomouse 10 aylar önce
@@vrenelimeyer2856 Most people do live in cities or close to cities, though. And with a combination of bike and bus/train, really, most people could manage.
@Desperoro 10 aylar önce
@@viomouse hey not sure about it. I mean, many people don´t need a car if they live and work in same city, but still you have some scenarios where car is better option. Traveling long distance to some village is one of them, transporting bigger things, and even going for trip or hike. Many people have car, like their car, but they use it sensible, so they dont go into the center of city with it, they dont commute every day with it, they just know when car makes sense
@ApricusInaros 10 aylar önce
@@Desperoro Yes, I agree on the transporting bigger things or travelling to farout countryside villages. But unfortunately I see the problem that most people don't use their car in a sensible way. People have a car and then use it for everything, also for travelling into a nearby city center. And then there is the thing of having multiple cars in a family which often times is nothing but luxury. With this thoughtless use of a car, they provide perfect targets for the anti-car political campaigns. I'm pro car but I urge people think to what to use it for, and maybe use public transportation or bikes and such in a complementary way.
@Drusille 10 aylar önce
yep because ppl lives in downtown and there are shops on the 0 floors and apartments/ condos on the top, so sometimes you just go downstairs to do your groceries , buy books, clothes, at small cities like mine ( 35.000 inhabitants) there's no culture of a mall where all shops are there together.
@bakuretsu9187 2 aylar önce
I get from my home in Haarlem to Amsterdam in about 50 minutes for school. It's honestly hard to imagine how stressed I would feel if I needed a car for eveything. I'm just super glad that I never have to use a car AND never have to travel for over an hour for anything at all.
@adriandanielferu703 Aylar önce
Hey Ryan , just wanted to quickly answer two of your questions. First, for long train trips(inter regional ) I usually drive my car to the train station and we usually have big parking lots next to the train stations. And no Europe is not perfect but there is a huge difference in mentality. We don't think we are the best and do nothing about it, we want to be better ( not the best against others but better tomorrow then we were yesterday against ourselves)
@johannapfeifer2671 3 aylar önce
I live in Austria, which is part of the EU, and I find it much more convenient to use public transportation than to drive. My daily commute to school only requires a five-minute walk to the train station and a ten-minute train ride (on a slower train that stops at all stations, not just the larger ones). If I were to drive, it would take me at least twice as long, assuming traffic is good, and I would also have to worry about finding parking space at 8am.
@Phalaenopsisify 19 gün önce
You can absolutely run a train track trough a city without it being annoying. The trains can be undeground or simply so quiet they don't bother anyone. There are footbridges or underpasses to go from one side to another. It's no problem at all :)
@icepeakengineer1702 5 aylar önce
It is worth mentioning that Germany is kind of different from rest of the Europe. They don't have that big cities, more like lots of medium sized cities with sourounding suburbs looking like small villages. Motorway system called AutoBahn is fantastic and THERE ARE NO SPEED LIMITS. When german person says that his job is 40 minutes away it actually may be 60 miles away because once on motorway it is pedal to the metal. Great fun for car driving.
@winfriedantretter7810 25 gün önce
Well, not all of the Autobahn is without speedlimit. Most of all there is one. And nowadays there is a discussion about having a general speedlimit, what is highly needed.
@peterw.8434 10 aylar önce
6:58 its the perfect example for what goes wrong with north america’s car centric society. When thinking about how to get somewhere you immediately think about going there by car, its the default option - no questions asked. But when thinking about taking the bike you wonder were to put your BIKE… I think its hilarious considering the differences in effort to creating car parking spaces compared to cycle stands…
@yodafloats9090 7 aylar önce
Wyoming is 3% bigger than the UK and has a population that is 116 times smaller than the UK. What kind of public transportation do you think that place should have? The entire Midwest is pretty much like that. big city's defiantly need public transportation, but the rest of the country is way too big for it.
@peterw.8434 7 aylar önce
@@yodafloats9090 that doesn‘t excuse the “limited” perspective about the topic at hand in the population. One should still consider cycling if it’s a viable option.
@yodafloats9090 7 aylar önce
@Peter W. true
@penguin3540 6 aylar önce
I mean it’s not profitable to connect a small town to another small town. Americans don’t go out of their town or city often
@penguin3540 6 aylar önce
@@peterw.8434 well American cities are so spread out that biking just isn’t an option for most trips Americans go on. It’s too late to save America at this point. It won’t be profitable anymore to put public transit in the Midwest because Americans don’t go out of their town or state often and most Americans drive as their first thought
@DrFunkentrent 6 aylar önce
Even in Melbourne where I'm from, I grew up in the "middle" suburbs but train stations were every 800m (1/2 mi) through the stretch of suburbs I was in, so pretty much every house was within a 10-15 minute walk of a train station, and most people catch the train to work. Now I live in the "inner suburbs" so I never really drive at all. I have 2 train stations and 5 different tram routes within a 10 minute walk (the closest tram stop being 3 minutes walk away).
@catarin__a 6 aylar önce
Hi, I'm from Portugal and even though the public transportation system needs to improve it is good. As a college student, you might have to live on campus or use your car to drive there in the US. Well, here most people use the bus, metro or train to go to places. In the city I live I use the bus and metro every day to go to college, I see a lot of adults going to work using public transport and lots of moms driving their kids to school using the metro. The metro system here works really fine, in most lines you get a metro every 3-4 minutes, and almost every hospital has a metro station close by (they are now building a new line that is going to cover another hospital and are extending an already existing line to cover another hospital). If you want to go to the shopping center you can use the metro or the bus to get there. It's cheaper to buy a monthly transport card than using your car. But ofc having a car is also important for your personal stuff but you get my point.
@mattemathias3242 7 aylar önce
The Netherlands are absolutely cracked at this sort of stuff. Denmark doesn't have as many bike roads, but I assure you bikes are still very popular here, and our bus routes are very well thought out, so you can get basically ANYWHERE with no car whatsoever.
@dyri815 10 aylar önce
It was interesting to see your reaction to the maps. Thanks for the video. Vienna, as well als many other european cities, tries to ban cars from the city in steps. First they introduced insanely high prices to park near the city center, now it's the whole city. This happens all troughout Europe. Of course the people working there and living outside in the villages protest but there is a very good railway and bus system which are all clean and have air conditioning and heating. The protest died down when the gas prices rose to over 2EUR/Liter. New buildings in cities are forced by law to build underground parking equivalent or higher than the number of the units the building wants to rent or sell. It's not perfect. We actively work towards more bike lanes and pedestrian streets. Every village and city has to actively demand this change or it wouldn't happen since the car lobby is strong in europe too. There are people glueing themselves to the streets to stop the use of cars, there are political fights over a new highway which was supposed to be built but was stopped last minute and so on. Bottom line: Many changes on a small scale add up to a big change. I'm sure some regions in the US could do it too if they change the zoning laws and allow mixed used buildings, dedicate some existing roads to bikes (and only allow people who live there to drive to and from the house at walking speed) then maybe switch to electric busses or trams and start on a small scale. Some major differences between european and american cities are explained very well here: The difference in zoning laws makes a huge difference how many people can reach the train and bus stations in the first place.
@franklockefeer7394 6 aylar önce
When I see this, I feel like a proud European. Especially the bike lanes and public transport in Holland. It's amazing
@Minecraft-ci2cg 10 aylar önce
Driving to the train station is an actual thing by the way. It’s called Park and Ride and is usually done outside of cities so that you don’t have to find parking in city itself but rather just outside where there is more space for parking
@bzs187 10 aylar önce
P+R is a nice thing and it can work, because in Europe, we have public transport.
@brandondavis7777 10 aylar önce
@@bzs187 Okay? You say that like relying on government to move around makes you "better"? It actually makes you a slave.
@damionlee7658 10 aylar önce
@@brandondavis7777 you're funny... Brainwashed, but funny.
@bzs187 10 aylar önce
@@brandondavis7777 Wao... Did not expect this for sure. They don't make me a slave. If I can park my car at the city border and use public transportation to move around, without sitting in the traffic jam for hours. I will park my car, because I can use my legs and there is a good alternative. Yet, I fail to see the slavery in this and many more millions who would love to have alternative for a car.
@brandondavis7777 10 aylar önce
@@damionlee7658 That's some adorable projection. Typical of your kind, though
@tincustefanlucian7495 8 aylar önce
Europe had a very long time to design the road map that was useful during 2 millennia ... at least by trial and error. Recently the car roads follow the old roads. The rail roads are around the old roads. In europe to get at the train station in you just take a bus, tram, underground or take a taxi, those options are really cheap, fast and very reliable.
@arposkraft3616 6 aylar önce
@0:55 yes but its also overstated, american population distribution is very heavily favoring the east and west coast, while europe has basicly what we call the blue banana (an economical and population wise very dense core) right in the centre from say north italy to london crossing over west germany and the netherlands, rail density can be a lot better but in some areas there quite decent lines
@matiascecchi1638 4 aylar önce
Most small towns and generally most urban agglomerations are renaissance-era or older, and since no cars were invented at the time the roads were made Tiny. Florence, for example, (the city I live in) has rads that cannot be driven on by cars as they are too small and packed by people. And the roads that can be gone through by car have a special Pass requirement so that only cars that live in the city and need that road to get home can use the road, all the rest have to walk
@Krizefugl 10 aylar önce
Fun fact: same with Australia...railways back in the day were mostly build for mining minerals. so lots of them ended in the middle of nowhere. The gold rush in america didn't help the infrastructure since now you often just have old rails that aren't used and lead where no one wants to go.
@gaming-alex7134 2 aylar önce
Its insane how good the transportation system is in europe. If live in Germany but go to school in austria so every day I go by train and by bus to go to school
@tioforu7203 10 aylar önce
Ryan being tricked by himself just made my day
@alinadornieden8411 10 aylar önce
yeah, its his own fault he forgot the difference between EU and Europe :D
@TEAserOne 3 aylar önce
10:40 If you ever go to NL you can see the crazy(for Americans) biking going on over here haha! If you know how to cycle, i highly suggest going on a Holliday and renting a bike to experience it for yourself 😊 Yeap in the US having mixed zoning is a big no no, which causes you to have yo drive 10 mins to reach the stores. In Europe mixed zoning is very common, which means stores have homes on top of them and are often in the middle of larger neighborhoods with homes build around them in layers. Which means especially speaking as a Dutch citizen a store is pretty much always within walking distance(with exceptional of the more rural areas ofcourse)
@mythace 6 aylar önce
Here in the Netherlands most garages are actually underground, like when your going grocery shopping you just drive the car down a ramp and search for a spot. It's much easier to use the space above for more important things that way like stores and housing.
@evelynwilson1566 9 aylar önce
Public transport in cities is very good. It's trickier outwith major cities and can be very expensive - at least in Scotland. The rail network in Britain was battered during World War II, and by the sixties a lot of the stock and rails were old. Many stations and routes were closed at that time. My town got our railway back about fifteen years ago, and it's great! However, it's only easy to get to the places that are on the public transport route - you might end up having a long walk before and after your bus ride, and that's made even more difficult where the buses and trains are non-existent or infrequent . Sadly, these days if you are a working person in Scotland you really need a car unless you live in one of the major cities. Too many people work odd hours when public transport doesn't run or have to travel between places which aren't well served (and of course these tend to be the lower paid jobs). Currently, if I want to get the bus to Stirling which is seven miles away, a one-way ticket costs £4 and the train is about the same. I generally just cycle it - luckily there's a good off road cycle track and footpath. You CAN park both cars and bikes at railway stations, even the small ones with just a platform and no ticket centre. You can usually take a bike on the train as well - they will have a carriage which has space for bikes, and that carriage will have a bike logo on its door so you know which one to go to. Sometimes if it's a busy train, you are advised to book a space for your bike but that's quite rare.
@annabenn9407 10 aylar önce
If you want to watch more of those things, search for "not just bikes" on youtube. Hes american, but traveled a lot around the world and moved to amsterdam in the end. He talks a lot about how the american infrastructure could be designed safer, prettier and more efficient and compares it to europe, especially the netherlands. Its very fascinating
@mtgmarina 2 aylar önce
As a greek I would say that I usually walk to go to the train station cause I don't like taking the bus and it takes me about 50 minutes to reach on foot. But I listen to great music while doing it 😁
@petertrabaris1629 10 aylar önce
That was both interesting and very depressing for me as a citizen of the U.S. I knew that we were behind Europe in this regard, but did not realize how far apart we were in efficient transportation. Like you, Ryan, I was horrified to learn that there is a greater emphasis on parking, than housing. When I heard that, my first thought was: Well, that explains our growing problem with homelessness. I think this proves to a point what I have come to believe, that the U.S., being so determinedly capitalistic, does mean that those with financial wealth do get the most effective lives, and those who have less and those at the bottom of the economic ladder truly do get the least, and our planning insures that. How sad its that? The sad thing to me is understanding that we could provide access and full participation in society at all levels, but we choose not to. Individual wealth is more important than societal health it appears.
@HappyBeezerStudios 10 aylar önce
step 1: make a tight public transport network as viable alternatives to cars step 2: with less demand to do every trip by car, reduce parking spaces step 3: turn parking spaces into affordable houses and local businesses. (It isn't uncommon to have multi storey apartment buildings with small businesses on the ground floor in Europe) As good example, there is a big box store here (Used to be Werkauf, was part of Walmart when they tried and failed to enter the market) and is now part of Edeka) that has a bus that connects it to the tram nearby. It's a bus that only runs through business hours and only has two stops (the store and the tram) but it connects the store to the wider network across the industrial park and autobahn that are in between. Imagine if you had a bus just to connect the local Walmart to the (comfortable and fast) tram that goes along the next big road. Why go by car if you can cross the parking lot without any work of your own.
@Labyrinth6000 10 aylar önce
Here we go again, Europe good, America bad. Also Living in metro cities good, while living in rural area or the suburbs bad yet again. Nothing but a bunch of angry, envious people coping.
@blakemccann445 10 aylar önce
@@ApricusInaros "The US on the other hand outshines Europe in other aspects of the daily life" Eh, not really. Not in anything that matters at least.
@blakemccann445 10 aylar önce
@@ApricusInaros Well name one then.
@dahrrg 4 aylar önce
Major difference is the speed of urban development. In Europe cities evolved for over 2000 years which often led to a lack of space for big roads or parking spaces. The mix of different transportation methods is the only way to keep things rolling. The US urban development faced different challenges which led to other solutions at the time. Would be interesting to look into the future to see how the US solves the problems that came with the fast growth.
@invioletsky 9 aylar önce
I have a drivers license but as a European, I never had the need to drive. We have a family car but we use it mainly when we have to go outside of the city and we have to carry some big luggage. I also see that people use their cars more when they have smaller children or when they go on longer vacations. Otherwise anything you may think that you need is at a walking distance in the city. Driving and parking is very hard in the city and there are a lot of limitations and fees attached, so it is very inconvenient.
@q1337 2 aylar önce
I wonder what he'd think if he knew some European cities even have public transport dedicated for shopping centers, you literally get in a bus and bam , you're at that one place you can't get to without a car (typically one of the only reasons to own a car in a city with good public transport) and it's too funny haha
@yasi1890 9 aylar önce
I live right next to a train station in switzerland, i actually just saw a train passing by! And it doesn't concern me at all. Most families have cars but if you just go to work to your every day office job you take the train. So most families have just one car for buying groceries, travel or go somewhere with kids. And it's quite relaxing sitting in a silent train, resting your eyes, eat a snack or watch your videos; it will give the mind a break from stress - you don't need to focus on the road/traffic and get home relaxed ;-)
@Zandain 6 aylar önce
Europe, uses parking houses that take up smaller footprints, in the cities or undergrund parking Usually, the larger parking areas are found around new shopping malls (but just as often there will be parking houses) hello from Denmark 🌸
@jensschroder8214 10 aylar önce
If you want to go to European cities then I advise you to take the parking lot in front of the city and take the rest of the way by bus or train. Finding a parking space in the city can be a big task.
@reinhard8053 10 aylar önce
And expensive. When I'm going with my RV I use a campsite and the get a day pass which often is less expensive then parking for 3 hours in the city. Working in the (my) inner city is nearly impossible by car. Most of the area is only 3h parking (for about 2€/h) if you don't live there. And you still need to find a free spot. Parking houses are even more expensive. Parking lots are very rare.
@iamcurious9541 10 aylar önce
Which is by design. Parking lots create distance. However it is density that improves people's lives (having all nessesarry stores close). And also businesses (having plenty of customers).
@reinhard8053 10 aylar önce
@@iamcurious9541 And a lot of it is simple history and not killing everything of it. In the 60ies there were car centric changes but not to that extent as in the US. And of course not in the old parts of the cities if they survived the war. And there often is just no place for parking lots and ground is expensive. Apart from parking houses there is only one open parking lot in the center of my town which has only about 20-30 spots. And of course some at the side of the roads.
@danielhopkins2277 9 aylar önce
Depends on the city, just like in America, Asia, etc
@_JOJ_ 9 aylar önce
It's not necessary to leave it in front of the cities, in most cities you can find parking spots for days in residential areas. And from there there's usually like a 5-10 minute walk to the city center. And again it depends which city it is, if it's München or Bucharest at rush hour we're talking about then you might not find parking spots even on the edge of the city.
@ncoppens 10 aylar önce
Smaller stations outside bigger cities in The Netherlands often have parking spots to park your car for the day for free. They call it Park & Ride with signs and everything. Not everywhere it is as easy to take a bus to the train station. it is mainly to stimulate people going to the city to park there and go into the city by train. It is extremely practical and that's what I did for several years working in Amsterdam, but living in a rural place with a less regular bus schedule.
@rafitheredfox328 9 aylar önce
I actually live in an area in Germany where I don't even need a car to get around. It's the Ruhr region to be precise. You can actually go from Bochum all the way to Düsseldorf entirely by light rail and tram if you really want to take the effort because the light rail and tram network is connecting a lot of major cities. I don't even have car or a driving license and I get around entirely by public transportation or by foot. Sometimes tram, light rail, bus or train stations are just a few minutes away from where I want to start a journey. Yes, sometimes delays or cancellations of trains suck a lot but I guess it's just as annoying as being stuck in a traffic jam with a car. Sometimes I noticed that when I was riding the light rail that the light trail train was just passing by traffic jams where cars were almost not moving at all. The overground light rail tracks are often located between the lanes of these large roads where the traffic jams are often happening when people get to work or home from work. I saw this last time when I was working in the city of Dortmund where I had to ride the light rail line U47 to "Aplerbeck" (final stop) to get to work.
@SpiritDragoness 2 aylar önce
In Europe, most city public transport routes have a stop at the train station. So no, you don't take your car or bike, you take public transport, bus, tram, or trolleybus.... or you can take a car from one of the car sharing options (cars anyone who has a license can register to an app, and pay for the duration you use the car also through the app. You can find the closest car parked near you through the map in the app, and once you are done, you can leave it almost anywhere within the city. The next person will pick up the car from the spot where you left it)
@malexxx67 9 aylar önce
In rural Germany we do drive our cars to the train station. For example, you drop your teenage kids off there, so they can go to a bigger city on their own, or when you go to university and the university is 45 minutes away by car, it's cheaper to get a train ticket (for a whole month or even a year) and drive 15 minutes a day to the train station instead of paying a lot of money for gas. Alternatively, we could go to the train station by bus but (at least for where I live) that would take another 1½ hours. There is a lot to be improved in the German public transport system... We also went to a lot of castles with my grandparents by train when I was kid. It's a lot nicer than driving a car because you can move around and we could draw or play games and see a lot of beautiful landscapes. If the trains arrive on time, it's a really nice way to travel
@lucykitsune4619 5 aylar önce
I live close to Vienna, the capital of Austria, and while I do own a car, it is used exclusively to drive to a parking-house next to a subway station at the edge of the city and home from there, as anything else I can reach with Viennas amazing public transport network. So yes, we do drive our cars to the train.
@dercount804 10 aylar önce
There are actually places at many, if not most, train stations in Europe where you can put and lock up your bike. Some of them are public and free to use, for some you have to pay (which have higher security), and I have seen that at some stations you can even rent a spot inside of a secure area to leave your bike there on a regular basis, e.g. when you have to go to work by train.
@weronika9327 10 aylar önce
Also huge amount of parking spaces are hidden bellow houses (this is the case mostly for cities) or near malls there are parkings with 2-3 stories, they take smaller space in city but hold a lot of parking spaces
@user-pp9iq9ni5f 2 aylar önce
in germany those roades where people are just walking are called "fußgängerzone" and they are in the older parts of cities so the houses dont get dmgd etc
@annebernard6604 3 aylar önce
It’s great from you to be open minded about how non americans live and think. Hope you’ll have the chance to visit France, and not only Paris but also small cities (Brittany for example…😊) People watching your videos would surely be glad welcoming you (just like our family would😁)
@mariof.1941 9 aylar önce
I live in Vienna and have never owned a car. I also don't use public transportation. On average, I walk 20-30 km daily to visit my clients, and I always take my husky with me. She enjoys it very much.
@HippoCookie 3 aylar önce
Curently in the netherlands, Public Transport is good as long as you are in the city, but if you want or need to travel between cities or from smaller towns to cities, it is more expensive than driving your car there, but the car comes at a cost too because parking in the city is often even more expensive than PT or just not available. So we recommend to use a Bike whenever you can, and believe me you often can just use a bike, even if you are picking up a new desk or bedframe from IKEA.
@siliconvalley577 10 aylar önce
11:31 YES that‘s one of the best parts of European city centers. In Germany, these roads are called „Fußgängerzone“ (pedestrian zone) and can be pretty big, like several blocks.
@Zure619 9 aylar önce
Wait, pedestrian zones are not a thing in the US!?
@georgwarhead2801 9 aylar önce
@@Zure619 in the US, the only "pedestrian zones" that i can think of, are malls, where as in europe they dedicate entire parts of a city to be pedestrian zones.
@shad0w1938 6 aylar önce
i hate it, because it's usually a huuuge block of concrete without any plants, grass or anything.
@natchu96 5 aylar önce
@@Zure619 There's kinda no point when you physically won't get anywhere useful on foot most of the time...
@JeroenJA 5 aylar önce
@@georgwarhead2801 in Gent starting from the nineties, goed city goverment because there was a huge resistance! especially from shops ! in the end, shops did way better, EXCEPT those that selled really big things like electronics and such, those have been pushed away. you need a special licence if you really need to be there to be allowed in :). and it contains the biggest part of the historic mediaval city center, so busy that they started a few years ago to forbid cycling in 2 busy shopping street on saterday between the usually pretty busy hours ;).
@BrittTheFurry 6 aylar önce
Living in LA near all the stores I need helps a lot. I might not own a car but if I need to travel I just use our public transport to catch a plane. But Europe is next level. I can reach almost every town by train or bus, even the more rural towns
@grb2015 8 aylar önce
as an architect working for a company that plans parkingspaces i can say, the way we are specialized in this topic makes it possible. There are many big companys in this field too here in germany. Goldbeck, Hoch Tief, etc. The secret is to make parkingspaces that are multiply used. Some parkinghouses are for the rush. People drive in on ramps that are made to find the right place fast and go to work and after work rush fast out of the building. This parkinghouses are used for different things after 18:00 o clock when the employes are at home. For example for the citizen that live near the area. This planing is made by architects working for the city in combination with specialized architects for parking. And there are so much other concepts. it depends on purpose but it is very efficient.
@nik-roshansirak3398 5 aylar önce
6:20 in rural germany it's quite common to drive to the train station by car, if you take the train. I spent my childhood und youth in a small village of 300 inhabitants and the next train stations where both about 10km away, so if I'd had to take the train my or my friends parents brought me / us there by car, we took the bicycle or a taxi. If the train station is part of public transport of a larger city it is quite common that there are parking lots especially for commuters, from outside the city, so they can drive their first 10 to 30 km or even more by car, but don't have to drive it into the city. They simply leave their car on these parking lots and take public transport from there on, so cities don't get too overcrowded by cars. At least that's the idea, many boomers still take their cars into the cities and complain about the buses, trams and cyclists blocking the road, while sitting in their tank like SUVs... :D
@Fabian-Wenzel 10 aylar önce
The yellow lines you see are just the main rail routes. There are many more regional rail routes in Europe, but they are all connected to the main rail routes. When I was younger I loved to travel all over Germany by train. When you travel by train you see a lot more of Germany than when you take the autobahn. On the Autobahn you have to concentrate on driving and on the train you can look out the window and take in the scenery. I have also travelled to other countries by train, such as France, Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands and Austria. Most EU countries belong to the Schengen area, so travelling is very easy because there are no more border controls. Although Norway is not part of the EU, but it is a member of the Schengen area because the EU has signed an association agreement with Norway. The only exception is the Norwegian island of Svalbard as this island is not part of the Schengen area. Svalbard is also very complicated from a legal point of view, as Norway shares sovereignty over Svalbard with Russia. This contract between Norway and Russia over Svalbard is very old. Iceland is also not a member of the EU but is part of the Schengen area. The EU has also concluded an association agreement with Iceland. However, Switzerland has overdone it because it has signed so many treaties with the EU that it can enjoy all the benefits of the EU without being a member. Many Europeans don't think that's great.
@noefillon1749 10 aylar önce
Well... actualy these are not even the main ones, because some routes appear on this map and don't exist IRL (ex : Lyon-Bordeaux in France). So yes there are way more than on this map BUT this map isn't even accurate regarding the main routes. I don't know where they took their information but it's quite wrong.
@BlackHoleSpain 10 aylar önce
@@noefillon1749 That map shows just the European Union planning for *major* corridors inside Europe for 2030!!!! Completely false as of 2023! And that's only for major corridors, but not at all for the *HUGE* infrastructure currently active. For example in Spain there are 18,000 km of highways and 4,000 km of High Speed Railways, along with the old 280,000 km of conventional roads. And that's just a tenth (10%) of all European transport network!!!!!!!
@KaiReynolda 9 aylar önce
American here, I have a similar story to yours (commonly traveling) and can recognize the fun of it, but as an American, we don’t really have that many trains like the video says, though the video only mentions a single railroad company, unfortunately the videos correct on the whole car thing and that’s where I regret this country’s infrastructure, it’s not that much fun to ride in cars for hours when traveling, so I would rather have their infrastructure
@tigrew12 2 aylar önce
And just to add something more, there are countrys here where the public transport is completely free, like luxemburg or spain (for residents off in canary islands) Youll probably be shocked to see the bike infraestructure of london too.
@arthena2130 6 aylar önce
European train stations are always connected to buss station that are clean and functioning, and those buss lines connect everything around it to walking distance from the buss stations. Also, since we don't need massive parking spaces, you see the house density that allows everything to be closer overall. The further out the less often buses can go thou and that is when you can start thinking about cars if you work in a city and not from home. This distance where I live it is usually somewhere around one hour of buss where a car becomes worth it, saving around 40 minutes a day from going back and forth from work. The buses and trains also allows for kids to get where they require, without having someone driving them, that this video did not touch with those 9% without a car.
@schtreg9140 10 aylar önce
You actually immediately picked up on the main issue that American urban planning makes public transportation really hard to implement successfully. I'm kinda impressed lol.
@MrMezmerized 6 aylar önce
The strict zoning laws are stupid for a bunch of reasons. Aside from the obvious ones related to car dependency, it's not good for kids' social lives and excersise, nor social (class) blending. And the US pretends to be very friendly to small businesses, but they're not allowed in those huge zones. And if they were, you'd need a bunch of parking spaces, because the suburbs are so sprawling you can't walk or ride a bike. Everything is just so stupidly stupid, all to push car use (and fuel) and social /class segregation.
@natchu96 5 aylar önce
@@MrMezmerized Even if the small businesses are set up, they have the desert of parking space around them to match, and the distance from residential areas (and the fact that all the streets are built like high-capacity roads for driving down fast) mean that people will probably drive past you anyway unless they already knew what you were before approaching your (hopefully huge by necessity) sign.
@MrMezmerized 5 aylar önce
@@natchu96 I was thinking of small businesses within residential areas, or at the edge. Access pretty good and enough people living in the area. But you still have the disadvantage of suburbs being so spread out, and people wanting to drive, even if they could go by bike. The US needs to revert to more mixed zoning with houses, small appartment buildings and small businesses. But I think a lot of people will want to keep the segregation, even though mixing things up a bit will make a more vibrant and connected community.
@aemarco 10 aylar önce
Often times, taking public transport over the car, simply because you know it will be difficult to find a parking spot.... which are also deadly expensive in some places. Practically you can forget about free parking almost everywhere. Taking a bus directly, or to the nearest train station is often just a more relaxing way... and you can have some booz :)
@dianabialaskahansen2972 6 gün önce
I live in Denmark and the number of train stations is quite limited. However we have bus routes that go to the train stations, though a lot of people who live in more rural areas will use car and park the car outside the station, if they work in the major cities. Also the train network and bus network is only possible because of the government subsidies, as public transportation is high on their priority list.
@jecoffey 17 gün önce
Your questions are very on point, so I thought I’d share my situation. Switzerland here. I live in a city and don’t own a car. I take the bus to the station and then the train to wherever. All the busses are electric (they have a diesel engine when power for emergencies). I use a car sharing service when I really need one, but that’s maybe two or three times a month.
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