Learning english, lesson 3: Some facts about car driving

What do we know about driving by car in bigger cities? Sometimes, statistics seem to pretend, they know everything, but in fact, they don’t. So, here are some sentimental examples about driving in Brussels.

Average speed for a typical way to work

Auderghem is a commune of Brussels in the south-east of the city, where many people working for the EU institutions live. We just took this example, it’s almost the same for Ixelles, St-Gilles, etc. From there to the EU institutions around Place Schumann is a route about 5-7 km, depending on the exact route and building. If you take the car outside the rushour, we recorded an average speed, calculated by the car about 15 km/h. OK, let’s say it’s faster than walking.


Kids transportation

If you son or daughter does do activities after school, you -as many parents/grandparents/nannies do- take them by car e.g. to horseback riding. The good news: You’re faster than in the example above, because you’re driving against the rush and outside the city agglomeration. Anyway before you take a look at the next line, think about, how fast you might have been on your way.

Speed to go to horseback riding, approx. 18-20 km one way: 30 km/h


What do we set as a conclusion? The shorter your way and the more you cycle into cities the more convenient will it be to cycle. And if we take a look at the speed that we achieve inside the city outside the rushour – what’s the use of driving? Remember: Most cars driving into the city don’t carry anything except for the driver.


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