I'm not going to lie to you: One of the greatest days of my entire life was the day that I got my driver's license! Being able to hit the road in my family's 1977 Chevy Beauville van was instant freedom.
I'd roll the windows down, turn on the kickin' AM radio with a single speaker installed under the dashboard, listen to a riveting talk radio show and drive EVERYWHERE! It was so nice to be able to go somewhere without having to beg my mom and dad to take me that I didn't even mind driving my little sister to dance class!
That's why I was so worried about the bikes that I saw everywhere in Copenhagen. "Do the Danes even own cars?" I instantly wondered. "Could I live here without being able to drive?" So I did some asking around and found out that lots of people own cars...but very few own cars like the ones that you'll see driving around your neighborhood or sitting in the carpool lane at your school.
How are they different? Check out this video to learn more:
Whaddya' think? Do you admire Danish cars? Would your family be able to live in Denmark using the kinds of cars that most Danes are driving? Why or why not?
Better question: Is Denmark's policy of charing a ton of taxes for car owners a good idea? What would be the advantages of making big cars really expensive? What would the disadvantages be?
Best question: What are the biggest barriers preventing Americans from driving cars like the ones driven in Denmark? Is there anything we can do to fix that problem?
Leave a comment and share your thinking! I'm kind of jazzed to hear what you think about the Danemobiles that I had a chance to see in Copenhagen.
Bam Bam Bigelow
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