Why we should adjust our "Flughöchi"

Why we should adjust our "Flughöchi"

One of the most important Swiss words I learned as a German is the word "Flughöchi". It describes the level of detail at which you look at a particular question.

The flight altitude is usually very low when it comes to the selection and (re)dedication of existing trails to the new mountain bike trail network. Every meter of trail is fought over. Because in many cantons the area is so sparsely populated or economically tightly organized, the interest groups fight over the trail crumbs that are left in what we call "nature".

The pressure is increasing. But these islands are not the only space available to us. I think this is where the Flughöchi comes into its own. We need to readjust them and set them higher. Because then we see what there is en masse: Built-up areas. Roads. So what would happen if we converted roads into trails?
Could this be a way to reduce the pressure on natural areas and make make cities even greener?

Since the Enlightenment at the latest, we have been used to thinking in reductionist terms. On the one hand, the need for people and goods to get around quickly (road network), and on the other hand, fun as a pastime (playgrounds, soccer pitches, trail centers, pump tracks, etc.). Our physical space is strictly divided according to its respective functions - The dichotomy of "everyday and leisure trail networks" in the new Cycle Route Act underlines these supposed opposites once again. But what if we no longer saw our commuting time to work and school or for errands as a as a necessary evil, but as playful exercise time in the fresh air? What if instead of differentiating between "mountain bikers" and "hikers", we resolved the issue by asking: What is the best way to get our citizens moving?

Based on the "Cool Roofs", which is being researched by climate researchers at Arizona State University, among others, I imagine green where there used to be gray. There are now trees and bushes across the width of what used to be a road, with endless flowing trails, northshores and rock gardens winding through them like in Czech trail centers with little gradient. Where cargo bikes or rickshaws, the trails are wider and gentler. In this way, we would solve many of the challenges of our time - 80% of all children and young people do not get enough exercise according to the WHO - people become lonely - concrete and asphalt become heat islands - the last mile - with one stone.

I firmly believe in this utopia. The etymology of the term can refer to a fictitious, unrealizable place, or - as a language game - to a happy place. Which term ultimately comes into play is decided by the Flughöchi from which we view future challenges.

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developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan

developing trail-based tourism

finland

austria

switzerland

japan