Roland Dürre
Monday January 1st, 2018

2018: Bikes First

Here is my New Year’s Resolution: think and act positive. Give people courage and joy in the IF Blog. Because we do not want to be pushed into a downward spiral and made smaller – after all, we want to become stronger. Consequently, I will begin and set a good example!

Here is a New-Year Email that motivated me.

It shows that there are actually some municipalities where they understood what it is all about. I will publish it exactly as it reached me.


Hello everybody,

In the New Year, too, if we want to encourage more people to switch from driving cars to riding bikes, or if we want to keep them from driving cars to begin with, everything around the concept of riding a bike must be promoted by our municipalities. The program for the promotion of bike traffic, as agreed upon by the committee for environment and traffic of the Oberhaching municipality of November, 28, 2017, gives numerous examples. Let me list them underneath:

1. Infra structure

  • Finish and supply with traffic signs the gap in the hiking and biking path before Oberbiberg (construction was started in 2017)
  • Plan and build the quick cyclist route Munich-South from Sauerlach via Deisenhofen/Oberhaching and Taufkirchen and Unterhaching to Munich (main responsibility and coordination: Landratsamt München (LRA München), hopefully finished by 2018/19)
  • Plan a hiking and biking path along the M11 from Oberhaching going east to Lanzenhaar (mandate to start planning has been given to the Staatliche Bauamt accompanied mainly by LRA München)
  • Colour red the passage Loh/Further Weg behind the Sportschule Oberhaching
Introduce a speed limit of 70 on the Alten Oberbiberger Straße in the direction of Ödenpullach (done) and add white marks for the shoulder of the road 
Introduce the MVG bike at the following places in Oberhaching:
Station Deisenhofen, Station Furth, Industrial Zone (Raiffeisenalle/Schmidweg), Hubertusplatz/Weißbräu, Kirchplatz Oberhaching, Rathaus, Freibad, Kugleralm
See if bike carriers can be added to MVV busses (pilot project for specially selected bus routes in the Munich region, main responsibility LRA)
  • Build more bike sheds (railway station Deisenhofen, Schützenhaus, Friedhof, beach volleyball court, Grammar School, bus stops)
  • Change the bike shed statute with respect to assigning places to carrier bikes whenever new sheds are built or existing sheds are modified.

2. Information

  • Regular articles on bike traffic in the monthly newspaper (Kybergnachrichten) that is distributed to all households without charge
  • Update of the Municipality Oberhaching Homepage on bike traffic (add favourite bike tours and give information on thematic cyclists’ paths)
  • Place special noticeboards to the signs that point out cyclists’ routes and add new sign for the RadlRing München at the Leitenweg/Schlagerberg

3. Public Relations

  • Saddle party as part of the railway station party (Sunday, 08/07/2018) with ADFC
  • Warming-up event for the City Biking at the Kugler Alm with county representative Göbel (reminder: begin of construction for quick bike connection Munich-South, see above: topic 1)
  • Red Card Activity for removing bikes that have been sitting there for a long time (more than four weeks) at the S-Bahn station and elsewhere in the municipality
  • Support of the activity: car-free on the way to (primary) school
  • Evaluation of propositions by entrepreneurs’ regular meeting on bike traffic (job bikes, electric recharging stations)
  • Two-day seminar of the “Fahrradakademie” for the promotion of bike traffic in small and medium-sized towns in June at Oberhaching
  • General survey of the Oberhaching municipality by the “AG fahrradfreundlicher Kommunen in Bayern (AGFK)” for finding out how bike-friendly we are.

4. Service

  • Bike (light) check in the autumn in front of the library by Green-City
  • Evaluation and recommendations by the trade and crafts association Oberhaching (Online shop with cargo bike delivery, rent-an-e-bike, cargo bike test, service stations for bikes near banks and shops)
  • More official business bikes for the municipal offices, schools and kindergardens
  • Possible bike leasing for municipality employees?

For all these measures and activities, the municipality of Oberhaching provides funds to the tune of 120,000 € for 2018. What has been paid in 2017 for initial evaluations of the fast bike connection in the area of the municipality will be repeated in 2023 in order to find out how bike traffic developed through the realized measures. We aim at increasing the bike traffic until then by 10 %.

As I see it, it is absolutely necessary that these kinds of activities are also agreed upon, financed and carried out in other municipalities in order to give bike traffic in the region of Munich and beyond another boost. I gave you the list in order to propose measures and activities for other municipalities as well, or to use it as a basis for further measures.

This is how I wish you all much success with promoting bike traffic in the New Year!

Best wishes and Good Luck for 2018


Well, at least this sounds like a good start and it points in the right direction. Even if, for me, it would be good to see more.

I would be especially delighted to hear something like this or about similar programs in the municipalities of Neubiberg (where I live) and Ottobrunn (where I am mostly travelling by bike).

So: Let us do something for Munich’s South-Eastern Regions!

Gestiftet von VisualBrainddump (Christian Botta & Daniel Reinold)Zum Vergrößern aufs Bild klicken.

RMD

(Translated by EG)

Hans Bonfigt
Sunday December 31st, 2017

Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann

Und wieder einmal stehen wir unmittelbar vor einem neuen Jahr.

Dear Friends!

Hail to the New Year!

Here is what I wish for you and what I would like to ask of you!


Das Bild ist von Rolo Zollner (http://www.rolozollner.de/). Es steht unter Common Licence, Ihr dürft es mit Quellen-/Autorenangabe frei nutzen.

May this little pig bring you lots of luck!

A good start!

Enjoy the day!

Let your hair hang down!

Relish everything you otherwise never give yourself up to!

Annoy others to your heart’s content!

At the same time, love and respect them all!

Enjoy the world and honour creation!

Do not throw common sense over board!

Be free!

Live in joy and delight!

Do not let anything distract you!

Be autonomous and follow your star!

Do the things you always wanted to do!

Think first of yourself but then also of others!

And do not become a martyr for a good cause under any circumstances!

Do not do everything right, but instead do the right things!

In six words and two sentences:

Enjoy life!
and
Be totally happy!

And I mean every day and every night of the year 2018 – 100 %!
I am writing this with love and great thankfulness for all the good and beautiful things I was allowed to experience so far. I assure you that, regardless of many depressing news and insights, I will continue to live with great joy and full of courage! And that is exactly what I wish you, too!


Here is a small advice for your lives. Please always remember:
“There is no MUST!“

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
The image is a true click-winner. It is at the top of the list in Google. Zillions of people already saw it. The design is by my friend Rolo Zollner. He created it for the IF Blog. It is available under Common Licence, which means you can use it if you quote the source and author.

Arrangement and picture by Rolo Zollner.

P.S.1
Basically, the greetings are the same as 2016. I liked them so much that I made only minor changes. Did you notice?

Roland Dürre
Saturday December 30th, 2017

UNOFFICIAL TERROR WARNING!

Munich, December, 30th, 2018, 12:00 – Source: IF Blog

Urgent:

Unofficial terror warning, level 4, for all the citizens of the FRG, especially in big cities. 

A billion dollar deal!

Attention:
Tomorrow, a huge collective mass, not necessarily defined by religion, but certainly fanatic humans, will become victims of consumer terror. In almost exactly 36 hours, there will be a category 1 fine-dust attack on the environment (not only) in Germany.

The target of this collective terror will be the air we breathe, especially in big cities. Among these small terrorists, you will – not totally to my surprise – find many car drivers who add to the misery they spread all the year round by a big bang. They will shoot rackets into the night until the last one is spent.

This environmental catastrophe will continue until the early morning of January, 1st. It is triggered by masses of firecrackers. The alarm can only be turned off in the morning of January, 1st. The main attack against our health will last for about one hour. More sporadic explosions and emissions are still possible during the subsequent hours and days.

Especially elderly, handicapped and sick persons, along with children, are strongly advised to remain in their flats and keep the windows closed during the night between December, 31st, 2017 and January, 1st, 2018. All exercise in fresh air, such as hiking or riding a bike, are strictly forbidden.

Due to collateral events accompanying this eruption, the advice is also directed to all females (see additional sexism warning below).

The considerable noise is a collateral damage related to the terrorist attack but can be ignored. To be sure, if you listen, you might be reminded of war and bombs and thus suffer traumata. But basically, the only living creatures that really suffer are animals.

Since the rockets do not contain military pay-load and the explosive charges – let us hope all of them – have to be empty (experts call them castrated explosive charges), the physical and emotional damage, as well as the material destruction of objects and houses, will, luckily, be minimal.

But we have to give a massive warning because of the increased alcohol consumption of all the prosperity terrorists involved. Consequently, there is quite a chance that “anonymous situations” will be used for sexual assaults (from turning you on verbally over physical closeness to rape).

Women, therefore, should avoid locations where masses of people converge. This is especially true for railway stations and plazas near other traffic junctions.

If a woman really needs to leave her home around the critical time, then she should only do so wearing total body mummery and she should be accompanied by several strong men.

If you ignore this unofficial warning, you must take responsibility for possible consequences and cannot claim that “you did not know”!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
This article is only partially meant as a joke. Because fine dust at Sylvester (Feinstaub an Silvester) is not at all something I find funny. It is also interesting that the Bayerische Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz gives an “official” warning that exploding firecrackers can cause injuries.
However, this official source does not mention at all how essentially and massively the maniac fireworks create fine dust. But at least the Federal Ministry gives a statement. The church used to have a motto: “food instead of fireworks”.
But that, too, seems no longer en vogue?

Roland Dürre
Wednesday December 27th, 2017

The “Mercedes Benz“ among my E-Bikes!

Today I will tell you about my third electric bike – my Utopia London. On top of normal bikes (meaning bikes with no electric drive, which I still like using occasionally), I already told you about the electric bikes I use: the familiy eCargo (our “VW Bus“) and my electric Mountain-Bike (my “Jeep“). Now, I added an electronic long-distance and travelling bike to my collection: the Utopia. I will tell you about it today!

This is how the electronic London looks on the Utopia website.

On the left, you see the London with its special frame. The one I have at home is almost identical. I only got it this autumn – and still it already shows considerably more than 2,000 kilometres.

Among other things, that is because, thanks to the electric drive, I now also go long distances by bike. I mean distances for which I used to take public transportation (of course, if a distance is less than 10 kilometres in Munich, I do not use my electronic bike, but the normal one…).

I enjoy taking the “electronic” bike instead of using public transportation if either my destination is a rather long distance away or/and if the return trip is late at night. A short time ago (mid-December), for instance, I went to Garching to attend an evening event at TUM. Without my e-bike, I would have used the S- and U-Bahn trains from Neubiberg to Garching, because by bike it is more than 30 kilometres one way and that distance used to be a little too far for me.

After my return, my tachometer actually read “relaxed” 65 kilometres. Especially during the late return trip from Garching that started around 8.30 p.m., it was definitely very convenient to roll the approximately 70 metres of altitude and more than 30 kilometres back home to Neubiberg with electronic support.

But back to my Utopia London. The specialty about this bike is that it has a front drive. As far as I know, Utopia is the only German producer that makes electronic bikes with lots of comfort and high loading capacity that have a high-quality front drive.

Front drives suffer a little from a bad reputation, because this technology is often used for the cheap(est) bikes. The disadvantages people usually associate with such bikes are not at all present at my London. On the contrary.

To the left of the picture, you can see the front drive VR1F of my London. After having covered almost 3,000 kilometres, I am now an absolute front drive fanatic. Especially on the wet and slippery autumnal roads, it is simply fantastic how the front drive holds track even on difficult roads.

Whenever my bike travel companions got stuck on difficult roads or even gave up, my front motor bike continued to carry me where I wanted to go. It also does so in the “push mode”, which, basically, if you have front drive, should be named “pull mode”.

The VR1F is a drive with permanently activated synchronization (DirectDrive without gearing mechanism) that is integrated into the front tyre. 90% of the electricity that goes from the battery to the motor is thus brought onto the street via the front tyre for movement. As always, the back tyre is pushed by the physical power of the human. With my bike, this happens through the use of the well-established Rohloff-14-Gear-Hub-Drive. You cannot get much more comfortable than that.

This is how the bike becomes the “vehicle with two-wheel drive” – on top of having an optimal weight balance (the motor is in front, the Rohloff is at the rear). Naturally, this is not possible with the motor in the rear tyre as our eCargo has it. As opposed to the mid-bike motor, you also suffer no loss through the hub or because of having to transfer the power to the rear wheel via the chain.

The bike is absolutely silent. You cannot hear anything of the electronic workings. Currently, there are seven different programs for motor control that perfectly support the person who rides the bike. The Rohloff feels soft as butter when you change gears – and I do it really often in order to maintain the optimal pedalling frequency. This is far easier with an e-bike than with a bike that has no additional push.

I rely on very competent service people at Dully’s BIKESTATION – unfortunately, they do not sell the Utopia brand – and when they tried my bike, they were really impressed by this drive. Consequently, I can really recommend both the drive and the motor (as well as the entire bike) with a very good conscience.

On our driveway shortly before starting.

If you see it from the side, the wonderfully classical cross frame of the London is obvious. It is made in Aalten (Netherlands) by a small manufacturing firm. You can also see the left hand battery. The second, right hand, battery is symmetrical to it. I find two batteries ideal, because they mean I will never have stress. If a trip is longer than I had anticipated or if I have used up more electricity than I was going to and one battery is empty, then I just push one lever at the control panel and can continue with another full battery.

The (electronic) control:
The control panel is connected to an app. The app recognizes the bike and contains all the relevant data. Through the app, you can quickly load or activate a new program at any time. Thus, you can use the cell-phone you applied to your handlebar as a convenient display – which means you will no longer need your tachometer or GPS system.

The range:
What I said earlier in my mountain bike article is also true with this bike: the range depends on many factors. What altitude profile does your route cover? Which program have you activated? What is your pedalling frequency? Do you have headwind or tailwind? How difficult is the terrain? Do you save energy? What is your weight and that of your luggage? And similar factors.

Based on my experience so far, I assume that I will always manage more than 100 kilometres, even if conditions are difficult, with my two batteries. Normally, I am sure day trips of around 150 kilometres will not be a problem.
I also noticed that I now ride far higher average speeds than with my good old Roadster (also from Utopia) without electricity. In the city, my average electronically supported speed was almost 50% faster (regardless of traffic lights). In other words, now I can also cover long distances in 75% of the time they used to take.

This experience really makes me look forward to many nice trips through Germany, Austria, Italy, perhaps even France and other countries, in 2018!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

🙂 Well, I remember my promise to write more about sex and electric bikes. Consequently, I will now relate my experiences with my eWMe 627 from CONWAY.

I already told you about our eCargo. Not only is the car no longer at all an option when we go shopping; for the grandchildren and for leisure activities, too, the cargo has turned into the absolute favourite means of transportation for the entire family. And for me personally, the eCargo triggered the “electric bike preference”.

My E-Enduro with a 160-mm drive, the Conway eWME 627 as the second E-Bike in our family.

Formerly, I often went into the mountains with the Mountain Bike. Uphill, I was never very fast. And, naturally, I did not become faster in the last few years.

Which made it more of a challenge for me to go on bike tours in the mountains as a couple or in small groups. My younger and more athletic travelling companions always had to wait for quite some time sitting on top of the mountain until they finally saw me push my bike up. I was not the only one who found this unnerving.

Then came the summer – and consequently the yearly Peloponnesus mountain bike tour (near Gythio and Mani). So I decided to test an electric mountain bike at our familiar bike salesman (Dully’s BIKESTATION).

To say it in a nutshell: I was absolutely fascinated. Consequently, I bought one and now mountain biking is again something I truly enjoy. In 2017 in Greece, I covered about twice the distance (and altitude) from the years before.

About the bike and its technology:

As you know, my eCargo has a rear motor (GoSwissDrive), a simple ladder network and a hub dynamo at the front tyre. I find that rear motors are only ideal for a Cargo bike, the chain is not too strained and, thanks to the hub dynamo, it can also be used at night, even if the battery is empty or you do not carry it with you.

My mountain bike has a different system. It has a Shimano mid-bike motor at the crank. SHIMANO Steps-System is a system of e-bike components (motor, battery, control, range calculator, …) that was designed exclusively for mountain bikes. The same bikes are also available with Bosch technology. When I tested them, I liked the Shimano system better because of the interval-free support and the better coordination.

As with Bosch, the heart of the Steps-System is the mid-bike motor. It weighs 2.8 kg and is perhaps one of the lightest motors on the market. The mid-bike motor sits in the crank; as opposed to front or rear drivers, it is not a direct drive. Instead, it has a gearing mechanism. You can also easily ride without electricity, the motor will not slow you down. You only have some additional weight because of the motor and the electric gadgets.

That is probably the reason why mid-bike motors will always make a slightly grating noise. The only relatively soundless motors are those from Impulse and Brose, all other motors (by now, many companies along with Bosch, especially from Asia, offer them) are far noisier than direct drives – which you really cannot hear at all. You also always get a slight push when the motor turns itself on for support, which is not what you get with the direct drives that sit in the front or rear tyre.

Regardless, I believe that the mid-bike motor is the best for mountain bikes. The weight of the motor and battery are close to the crank. Whenever you go up or down steep hills, this is definitely an advantage.

Most of the electric mountain bikes have a simple ladder network (one gear-wheel at the front and quite a few at the rear), it is the mechanic Shimano XT for the Conway. It might be a disadvantage that, if you have a mid-bike motor, the entire power (both from the human and from the motor) is transferred to the chain and the gear. But, as I see it, that can be ignored for the mountain bike, because everyone knows you have to change the chain and the pinion at regular intervals.

Range

I am always asked: “How far can you go with one full battery?”. This question is not easy to answer. Naturally, the range depends on such parameters as the incline of the course a biker selected. For long inclines in one row, you need more electricity than if you go up and down the hills alternatively all the time. The frequency of pedalling is also important (If I am correct, the ideal frequency is considerably higher than 60 per minute). And, of course, it also depends on the mode you chose.

STEPS has three modes: ECO, TRAIL and BOOST. If you save electricity by using ECO and if you cut down the motor when you go downhill (due to the mid-bike motor principle, STEP cannot recuperate, so it makes sense to switch the entire drive off whenever you do not pedal – and if you do not pedal, there is, naturally, also ZERO motor-caused resistance), then the range is generally more than 100 kilometres, i.e. in the three-digit area.

If you use the mode TRAIL, I would assume that you can always easily go around 70 kilometres with 700 metres of altitude. However, if I use BOOST and really force the bike up the mountain, then I can easily imagine that the power is low after 20 kilometres. That never happened to me. I assume it would be more like a fun-ride.

For travel bikes, I would not recommend the mid-bike motor. But I will tell you more about this when I describe my Utopia London.

For me, my e-mountain-bike is a constant source of delight. If I go downhill, I no longer have to accept the high speed of former times (I always wanted to make up a little time when I went downhill, because I had always lost so much time going uphill). And above all, the electric day trips now take less time – which means I no longer need to get up so early and I also return home earlier than I used to. If, formerly, the entire Sunday was “wasted”, I now have time left for other interests.

On my trips with Barbara, I now had to wait for her at the top of the mountain. That was also true in Greece. I went with electricity, Barbara without. Circumstances were now reversed.

Barbara’s electric mountain donkey, the Conway 327.

Later, she also bought a Conway 327 – and now we have great fun together. Our day trips to the Bavarian Alps no longer take too much time and we no longer have the burdensome long inclines we used to have. And I truly look forward to the spring and am absolutely sure that, in 2018, we will often spend time in the Alps. And I also truly look forward to the two weeks of biking and swimming in August/September on the Peloponnesus!

My next article will be about my Utopia London with front drive. For me, it is the perfect travel and everyday bike. If I see similarities between the eCargo with and a VW transporter, then the eBike is more like a jeep and my London would be something like the Mercedes S-Class Limousine.

So “my Mercedes” (of Utopia) will feature prominently in my next e-bike article.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I took both pictures from the Conway Website – you will find several links to this site.

Roland Dürre
Sunday December 24th, 2017

Here are two short videos on DOAG.tv

Since I am currently often pointing you towards video recordings, here is a short interview with me at DOAG@Talk:

I already told you about this interview on DOAG.tv here (on IF-Blog.de). But so far it had not been linked.

Talking of which: there is another Management interview on DOAG.tv that Dietmar Neugebauer recorded with me. It was about 
“PROFIT, TURNOVER, PROFIT CAN BE MEASURED – BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE FOR IMMATERIAL VALUES“:

Here is the Video.

And there is also an IF-Blog article IF-Blog article.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday December 23rd, 2017

DIGITAL – AGILE – OPEN – LEAN (Presentation)

On October, 26th, 2017 I gave a presentation at the Augsburg “Hotel am Alten Park” in the Frölichstr. 17 for the Bayerische Akademie für Verwaltungs-Management GmbH / Bayerische Verwaltungsschule (BVS) at 2 p.m. – it was the final presentation of the event MQ4.

I spoke about –

DIGITAL – AGILE – OPEN – LEAN 

– where I wanted to and was supposed to answer the following questions:

What is agility – yesterday, today, tomorrow? 
What do organizations need in order to react to change in the correct way (and with due speed)? 
What concepts, methods, tools and competence is the idea based on?

The presentation was recorded on film, please see below. My memories of the presentation are not exclusively positive ones. For me, the day was not an easy day:

Motto of the institution (according to the Website): 
Health, education, care, friendliness towards guests and spirituality are the main agenda.

The event took place at the hotel am alten park, which is part of a huge building complex that belongs to the  evangelischen diakonissenanstalt augsburg (diako).

In this “deacon-house”, as we used to call the hospital in our childhood, my father had died on a grey late autumn night in 2008. At the time, I had heard about him being admitted into the hospital in the late afternoon and immediately driven to the hospital in Augsburg by car.

My father was poorly, but according to the doctors, his condition was not life-threatening. Consequently, I drove back home at night – on a dark autumnal motorway with snow storm – to Riemerling. And when I arrived at home, I heard that my father had died.

Now, roughly nine years later, I was again standing in front of this building – and had to enter. This is how my presentation visit to Augsburg became a sad trip into my past. I remembered that I had been robbed of my totally intact tonsils in exactly this “Deakon House” in 1960 because I had suffered from several colds in the winter of 1959/1960. I remembered that, at the time, I fought against the operation, but naturally I lost and still suffer from the consequences (see my IF-Blog article). And I remembered much more that I had experienced in this town. Before my presentation, I had a wild emotional bob-rally through all the years of my childhood in Augsburg between 1955 and 1969.

As I watched this video, all my memories were refreshed. In my own perception, my presentation was occasionally a little lacking in concentration. Considering my personal experiences, I can forgive myself for this and will publish the presentation regardless, because it looks rather authentic to me.

However, my less than perfect emotional situation was not the only reason for the perhaps missing clear line. On the way to Augsburg, I had also considerably restructured my well-prepared presentation. The reason for this was that I had spent intense study time with Bitcoin and Blockchain during the preceding week, which had led me to some insight that had been totally new to me before.

I had not understood (and still cannot understand) why they demand and want to realize things on the internet that are rigorously withheld in real life.

Why can you participate in profound activities, conduct transactions and even own money on the internet while you are well camouflaged behind identities? Mind you, you can do all this totally anonymously! On the other hand, this is exactly what they deny you more and more in real life.

Or are there good reasons after all? Reasons that justify that it is still possible on the internet? For me, that is a very central question!

Bitcoin is a good example how, due to wrong requirements and poor execution, the wonderful idea of “democratic” money was perverted and became a criminal betting and fraud system. “Well meant but poorly executed” – as I see it, this is how you can describe the phenomenon.

Now I am eight weeks on into blockchain and bitcoin and thus can better explain my reservations and ask my questions with more precision than eight weeks ago.

I also wanted to point out in my presentation that we are again in times of a grandiose digital change. It is no longer about human-machine, but about machine-world.

Let me describe it: I have been programming since 1969. Initially it was basically about algorithms and technologies such as compilers, operating systems, batch runs, transactions, data transfer and databases, along with a few applications.

Then almost everything was about the interface between humans and applications (human-machine). That brought us from the punch card to the tablet and from typing to voice and gesture recognition. There was a virtual explosion in the number of applications.

Today, it is all about autonomous systems that often no longer need an interface with humans. Instead, they focus directly on the “environment”. That also explains why sensor technology explodes, making things possible that were held to be impossible until now.

All those things together were a little much for one short presentation. Consequently, I am quite happy that the presentation actually was more or less a success. Because “not feeling too well and free from the manuscript” is twice as hard for an orator. There were a few moments when I noticed how I did not really concentrate. If you watch the video, I would kindly ask your forgiveness.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday December 21st, 2017

(Deutsch) Ach – Weihnachten …

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

The following “Christmas Greetings” were sent to me by a person I know quite well. He is a truly competent expert in the field of mobility. I would like to thank him very much, indeed!


Hello everybody,

here are a few current statistics about the number and system of drive for cars and trucks registered in Munich:

 

2017
cars – existence Nov
gasoline 427.894
diesel 287.869
electric powered 2.177
trucks and others Nov
gasoline 4.831
diesel 49.770
electric powered 155


In particular, you can see that there are too many cars and they are equipped with the wrong drive – so are the trucks.
Basically, we are still (rather) far away from a change in mobility …
What a mess!


That made me thoughtful!

It is easy to calculate the sum of all cars by addition. You get a total of 717,940 – without trucks! And it seems that numbers are still rising.

Now let us assume that a car, if parked “bumper to bumper” needs a minimum of five metres parking space. If you multiply 717,940 (number of cars) with 5 metres (length of car with a little space in between), then you get 3,589,700 metres. In other words: if you park all cars of Munich in one long row (with little space in between), you need a street with the length of 3,590 kilometres!

According to Wikipedia Munich covers an area of

310,7 km2

And this area will not increase. It is certainly not a solution to try and build basements underneath everything. Nor would it, in this case, make sense to “suburbanize” more areas.

Let me continue with my calculations. If Munich were a square, then the length of either side would be 17.6 km!!!

Now let me divide the length of the street we would need (3,590 km) by the 17.6 km side length. The result is: in our square Munich, we would need 204 parallel streets on 17.6 kilometres of length just to park our cars! In other words: there has to be a parking lane for cars every 86 metres. The number is a gross number, because each parking lane has to have a certain width.

Isn’t that a terrible concept? To be sure, Munich is not a square but a rather unorthodox shape. But that does not change anything about the principle. Consequently, I believe that this small computation should, indeed, worry us a little bit. What a stupid waste of valuable land and what a destruction of living space!
I find another concept no less worrying:

If you remember that there are hardly any cars left that weigh less than one ton and one can assume 1.25 tons as average car weight, then we have 897,425 tons of toxic waste in our beautiful Munich just sitting there. That is nine times the weight of the Golden Gate Bridge. As soon as said toxic waste starts moving, it smells and generates dirt and makes many people sick. Moreover, it injures and kills people and, last not least, deprives them of exercise that would be so important for them – one of the consequences of which is poor health.

And I know from personal experience that, if you look closely and are even slightly willing, you only need cars on very rare occasions. There is hardly anything you cannot organize just as well without a car.

All you need is the willingness to forego a little bit of your comfort and to question what seems to go without saying. And you have to refuse to accept all the detrimental consequences, both for all of us and the users themselves (1.4 million traffic fatalities each year, destruction of our world, health damage by dirt and noise, destroying your own health by no longer exercising and becoming stress victims).

So it is all only about giving up a few sub-optimal and detrimental habits. Habits the positive effects of which are only allegedly positive effects, anyway. Those who are not prepared to do this are those for whom all help is in vain.
Consequently, the question is:

Are car drivers scum and riff-raff? Or are they just stupid? Or both?

Well, the aggressiveness of this statement is not something I like. In fact, I hate the sentence, because such generalization is not at all typical for me. But perhaps the gist is not all that wrong and perhaps, in the face of our car mania, there is no other way than to get the bat out of the sack like knave Ruprecht?

For me, this evil question is a good reason (because I want to be neither scum or riff-raff, nor stupid) to only get into a car if there are really very good and important reasons to do so. Basically, if I am actually almost forced to do it.

In my life, that happens maybe ten times a year – with a decreasing tendency. Mind you, at the same time I am more “mobile” than ever before, which I can prove by my Google-Tracking-Profile.

And my new active mobility feels absolutely great to me. I am also more efficient than I was before. I truly no longer have time to drive a car.

So, I, too, can only say:

🙂 What a mess!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I just received a supplementary email from the same source (i.e. the aforementioned expert). Here it is:


“looking at the low number of car-sharing vehicles (considerably less than 2,000, I am currently trying to find out the exact number) and at the fact that there will hardly be any additional railroad infrastructure for the Munich public transport although the number of inhabitants is expected to continue to grow in the next 5 to 10 years, it is quite easy to imagine how the public transport vehicles we now have and the cyclists’ paths will be even more crowded and narrow than they already are!
The negligibly small number of e-vehicles we expect in the next few years will not (be able to) contribute towards a reduction in air and noise pollution in the Munich city street network!

Consequently, the only things you can promote are active mobility (hiking and biking), public transport (short term: faster busses and special rights for busses) and the attempt at improving the vehicles’ drives (cars, trucks, busses, motorbikes, mopeds, construction machines, etc.)“.

All that remains to be done by me is thank the sender of the email and agree with everything he says. Except: when it comes to bikes, I have a slightly different opinion. We, the bikers, must fight the car drivers and thus gain the streets back from them! If there is no other way, then we must do it without legal support and by putting a little pressure on the powers that be.


Above all, we will continue with AktMobCmp. More motivated than ever!

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