|traffic in Rome|
When we got back from Italy, I couldn't help notice that New York traffic seemed tame compared to Rome.
Cars in Western Europe are much smaller than what most drive in the United States.
Parking spaces are few, if any, in the central part of the city are small and difficult to get into. Most trucks, SUV's and mini-vans are used for commercial or business purposes.
Personally, this was nice to see. I have never been a big car person and I haven't owned an automatic transmission since 1988. I'd estimate 75%-85% of the cars I saw were manual stick shifts, including the minivans.
|motor scooter parking|
Most of the United States is very car dependent so it isn't likely we'd ever see anything like the photo.
As much as I love having a car, I'd be willing to drive less if we had public transit systems that are much more reliable.