Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Private transport efficiency

How many cars contain one person travelling?

22=one occupant/driver
11=more than one occupant

Time 0945
Place Southsea
Journey 2.5 miles
Date 10 May 2010

33 cars. More efficient usage could have taken this down to about 17 cars. For example by cycling, walking, carrying passengers/sharing the car, or by using public transport. Cars take up the same amount of space if there is one person inside or four people inside. Road space is limited and congestion is a major problem for drivers (as well as everyone else).

25% cycling usage.

Benefits to:
Other car drivers (and other road users) (less congestion)
Health benefit to former drivers if using cycling, walking, and possibly public transport
Cost saving to former drivers
Safety benefit as most RTAs involve (if not necessarily caused by) a motor vehicle, three times as many pedestrians are killed/seriously injured in Portsmouth each year, as drivers.

Count (1) private cars with one occupant, (2) cars with more than one occupant, (3) cyclists, all in the oncoming lane.
Do not count commercial/working vehicles (vans, taxis, cars with stuff written on them).

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