Rural Mobility

All the world is talking about e-mobility – expecting wonders ahead by self-driving cars and ‘computers on 4 wheels’, as some assume. The truth is: these visions are created by urban people, and they are valid only for a special segment of society, even if the biggest one: urban and wealthy people.

But there is a part of society that nobody talks about. Living on the country-side and living from what they have and earn from their land. They do agricultural work and have a few animals of their own. They do not have bank accounts working for them, their interest is not in %, but in using their livestock and soil for living. The principles had been valorised by the UN: background of family farming and diversity, doing no harm to the soil (2014 and 2015).

Their mobility solution is embedded in their means, as well. e-cars would not be a suitable. High-end technical solutions would not fit at all. Here is what works for them (click on picture to see the large version of it):

In Romania there are, depending on source, approximately 700.000 horses. Assuming 80% of them are working horses leads to hundreds of thousands of such rural horse cart drivers on the roads.

But their way of living is endangered by a growing motorization and fast road construction, following the development path of Central Europe after WW II: getting rid of animal power and manual work, producing and using industrial products instead.

 

Who is standing up for protecting and fostering those people and their needs?