If you ever want a culture diametric to the anarchy of our mean streets, look to Sweden.
Compared to us, the Swedes do what they are told.
To cross the street, they push the button and wait.
They also use traffic circles while we generally use crosswalks at intersections.
It’s all part of their Vision Zero initiative, begun in 1997 to keep all Swedish pedestrians safe.
Now our Mayor has decided NYC should also have a Vision Zero policy.
He intends to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2024.
To me, this seems unlikely.
I believe we are different here and will remain so.
We speak 800 different languages.
And we squeeze 18,000 people into one square mile, while in Sweden they “squeeze” in 53.
Our NYC traffic fatality rate decreased 26% under Bloomberg to 290 deaths last year. In Sweden they lost 264.
In the USA last year, we did $27.9 million in arms dealing for every man, woman and child.
The Swedes do twice that, averaging $53.9 million for every citizen.
We take our rage out on the road, and on each other.
Swedes channel theirs into earning cash
on the conflict of others.
What's your Vision?