The 15 Minute City is Here

The 15 Minute City is Here. By Joanne Nova.

The idea is that everything you regularly need will be within 15 minutes of where you live, and you will be fined for excessive travels beyond your patch. Pretty feudal, eh? What’s the bet the administrators of the system, and all the important bureaucrats, will be allowed free travel?

The 15 Minute City is a UN and WEF plan, because they want you to drive less.

In the WEF’s own words — this rearrangement of cities is absolutely about climate change.

It’s permanent climate lockdown.

The 15 minute city is not just Oxford, but turning up in Brisbane, Melbourne, Barcelona, Paris, Portland and Buenos Aires. It’s everywhere.

Oxford, England, is where the madness of the 15-minute system is first being implemented. James Woudhuysen:

The green agenda is taking inspiration from the illiberal days of lockdown.

To this end, Oxfordshire County Council, which is run by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, wants to divide the city of Oxford into six ‘15 minute’ districts. In these districts, it is said, most household essentials will be accessible by a quarter-of-an-hour walk or bike ride, and so residents will have no need for a car.

On the surface, these 15-minute neigbourhoods might sound pleasant and convenient. But there is a coercive edge. The council plans to cut car use and traffic congestion by placing strict rules on car journeys. …

Residents will have to register their cars with the council and they will be tracked to count their journeys through the key gateways.

Under the new proposals, if any of Oxford’s 150,000 residents drives outside of their designated district more than 100 days a year, he or she could be fined £70.

Ms Nova again:

Apparently, not enough people are catching buses or riding bikes. But instead of making that more appealing, the totalitarians will force it through tracking and fines.

Oxfordshire has just approved on November 29th, the “traffic filters” trial which will turn the city into a “fifteen minute city”. The Trial will start in Jan 2024. …

Who benefits?

In the end, these aggressively overmanaged schemes mean more paperwork, more tracking, more jobs for bureaucrats and more free passes for “friends” of Big Government.

Oddly enough, something similar to this was tried from the 1960s in one Australian city, and it failed.

The original design of Canberra was as a series of separate satellite cities, separated by big belts of bush and linked by freeways. The original small cities of North and South Canberra were supplemented by Woden, Belconnen, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong, Gunghalin, and so on. Each of these was essentially a 15 minute city. The idea was that each satellite city had shops, jobs (mainly government offices), sporting facilities, entertainment, etc. sufficient for those in the city, so one would rarely need to leave the satellite city where you lived.

It was built, but experience shows that it fails. For instance:

  • People get a new job or promotion — but it’s in a different city. Do they then move? Not when the job might only be for a couple of years. So inevitably the jobs are frequently in different satellite cities to where people live.
  • People date or marry someone who lives in another city. More inter-city travel required.
  • The stamp duty on selling a house and buying another is prohibitive — a year’s savings or more for most. So it’s not really a reasonable option to move every time you get a new job or whatever.

The freeways linking the cities are often jammed at peak hour. Meanwhile, travel distances are huge, because Canberra is so very spread out — because it was expected that people wouldn’t travel out of their satellite city much. Lose-lose. Designed by bureaucrats, for bureaucrats.

UPDATE: See 15 Minute City: Oxford Residents Fight Back!