Whoever said necessity is the mother of invention never lied. In other words when the need for something becomes imperative, human beings have no choice but to find ways of achieving or getting it.
The current traffic situation in most urban areas across the globe is not as good as it should be. The traffic jam is terrible in many cities especially during rush hours, when motorists can spend a couple of hours just to be able to move from one point to another over short distances. For instance, getting to a place that is usually just a few minutes away could take even one and a half hours, thanks to the notorious rush hour traffic. This has brought about the need for more effective public transportation in urban areas.
The good news is that the terrible traffic situation in our cities may not stick around for so long. It appears that cars and public transit such as buses, trolleybuses, trains, trams as used today, will be completely replaced in the near future, thanks to current technological developments. Today we are witnessing emerging alternative methods of transportation in cities, for instance cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, segways and more.
Many urban commuters now leave their cars back at home and instead ride their bicycles to work. In fact cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen now have bike-share systems in place whereby bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis. Urban authorities allow commuters to borrow bikes from point “A” and return them at point “B”, reducing road congestion significantly.
Skateboarding is one of the emerging alternative methods of transportation in cities and rural areas. Urban and rural commuters nowadays get around on skateboards which are almost as fast as bikes. This offers another fantastic way to decongest roads as those who use skateboards leave their cars back at home.
Rollerblades are a type of boot with a single row of small wheels along the bottom, used for moving quickly along, not only for fun but commuting purposes too. You will not be surprised to see many people having these sorts of boots on because they provide an exciting alternative way to get around town. What makes them more appealing is the fact that they are very much affordable yet quite practical for the urban commuting situation. You could also give them a try and see how getting from one point to another across town becomes easy.
Segways are another new forms of personal transport especially in urban areas, which could serve as an alternative to vehicles if accepted socially. These two-wheeled electric vehicle with a platform to stand on and upright handlebars are no longer a rare scene in large cities across the globe.
The future of transportation in rural and urban areas is bright, thanks to the emerging alternative methods of transportation. Each one of these new ways of commuting pollutes less than the conventional gas-powered car and contributes significantly to transport sustainability. The emerging alternative methods of transportation in cities also provide other major benefits like reduced traffic-related injuries as well as deaths, increased social inclusion, and more. What’s more, some of these locomotion methods like cycling also provide some sort of exercise hence are beneficial to our health.