It would suck even worse than it does now for those stuck living in a city if having a car was denied them.priorities - priorities
I would feel extremely uncomfortable if you put me inside a bus like i know them from my youth ( full ) at least here in Denmark with my strange discomfort with my fellow Danes.
But really it should be banned for people in major cities to have a car at home, they should have free and monitored parking outside of the town if they absolutely must have a car.
I know this sound extreme, but it is pretty much the only thing that will combat city congestion and poor air quality, with all the deceases that follow that.
On the other hand in a high tax country like Denmark, people living out in the countryside where you pretty much must have a car due to depopulation and no public transport, well they should get a substantial tax cut on their car, more so if its a environmentally correct car. ( small - hybrid - electric )
But politicians are stupid and will not do right., as we too have the amputated democracy,,,,,, meaning like the Greeks of old we don't have the option to ostracize the most incompetent politicians in annual elections.
Here you must of course secure your child in a child seat or with a sea belt if its a older child, but you can put your 2 great Dane dogs on the back seat, and that's actually legal, where most countries around you must of course secure your dog in the car too.
Stupid run the game here.
Bicycles are a very old thing in the U.S.A.. Roads good enough for cars to use existed only because of bicycle users demanding better roads in the late 1800's. Using bicycles now is not that common. However, bicycle lanes are being put into the roads. In a milder climate with a strong young body I would not object to using a bicycle for 5 mile trips. Rides of more than 5 miles (.62 miles= 1km) take to long. The hills here ensure you walk uphill while pushing your bike. One hill I drive up and down often is fairly steep and is about 1 mile long. It might be fun going down but is not fun going to the top in an underpowered machine or on a bicycle.Of course for Americans that cycle thing are a pretty new thing, and towns are generally not geared for it, here we Euro boys or many of us at least are leagues ahead.
That is why bicycles have electric assist these days, cycling up a 1 mile hill is now easy.One hill I drive up and down often is fairly steep and is about 1 mile long. It might be fun going down but is not fun going to the top in an underpowered machine or on a bicycle.
Cars will become pollution free within 2 decades, air quality will not be an issue. And I noticed that your country managed to go a full 24 hours on 130% wind power for your electricity generation recently. https://en.energinet.dk/About-our-news/News/2019/09/23/Wind-turbines-cover-power-demand-for-24-hoursI know this sound extreme, but it is pretty much the only thing that will combat city congestion and poor air quality,
I think that there is an electric railway between Spain and Denmark, and your electricity comes from wind power, so transportation of your orange juice can easily be zero CO2?Every time i go down on a 1/3 gallon jug of orange juice i feel a little bad, no oranges grow anywhere near where i live, so they have a high transport load.
Doing anything alters the environment, but small changes to the environment are really not important compared to the big issue of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses warming the entire Earth towards a point that we, or our children, will not be able to survive. There are ways that we can stop producing that CO2 and solve the problem, France has for many decades been producing all their electricity without releasing CO2, they use nuclear, Denmark now has over 100% wind power on many days, the UK is about to close down its last coal fired power station and has halved the fossil fuel used for power stations in the last 6 years, largely replaced by wind power. We now recycle the majority of materials used to build cars, so those cars can become very close to pollution free, and certainly close enough to save the planet from the big problem. Fully electric cars are now available, reasonably cheap, perfectly practical, have performance that exceeds most fossil fueled cars, and are a lot cheaper on fuel. The only thing holding them back is that they are still a little more expensive than the fossil fueled dinosaurs.Cars won't ever be "pollution-free"- there's always going to be pollution in their making, use, and disposal. The best we can achieve is to alter the forms and amounts of pollution being made. Wind and solar energy are touted as solutions but suffer similar problems, and they alter our environment in different ways which we really don't know the effects of yet.
We have new hybrid trains here this year, when they are on electrified track they run on electric, when the wires stop they switch to dirty diesel and slow down. Cheaper and faster to run on wind powered electricity, but for some reason I don't understand there is reluctance to electrify all the track.Not much electrified rail here, there are some mostly on zeeland around the capitol, the new light rail in Aarhus are also electric but none of the major railway lines over here are electric.
There have been talks about it, but with amputated democracy talks most often remain talks and don't change into deeds.