- I've just been reading about the extremely interesting research
being carried out by Sustrans, the UK sustainable transport charity.
Their consultants Socialdata have discovered a 10:30:50 rule.
An average of
10% of car journeys are up to 1km
30% up to 3km
50% up to 5km
This seems to be an average not only in the 7 towns they're studying
in the UK.
'the prevallence of short car trips and hence a ready market for
walking and cycling is a pattern repeated all over the world.'
And the significance of consumerism generating most trips (rather
than commuting) is surprising- more than half of all trips and 44%
of car trips are for 'shopping and leisure'.
The average walking distance trip is 1.1km and 'the door to door
speed advantage of car travel over walking for these trips is at
'On average 28% of car journeys are within range of of the average
cycle journey which is 3.3km, and the average door to door speed is
the same 11kph'.
What i detect from this is that easily the most viable alternative
to the car for at least 80% of trips would appear to be the
bicycle, -not walking or Public Transport- by which I mean imagine
the scale of any PT network capable of allowing everyone to travel
between 1 and 5km with such ease.
- billt44hk (telomsha@...) wrote:
> I've just been reading about the extremely interesting researchI can't help noticing what a downright weird way Sustrans phrased
> being carried out by Sustrans, the UK sustainable transport charity.
> 'the prevallence of short car trips and hence a ready market for
> walking and cycling is a pattern repeated all over the world.'
that. a "market for" something that *isn't* a consumable, like
independent mobility? independent mobility by walking or cycling
is the exact reverse of a "market" for transportation: when people
are independently mobile they rescue mobility from being privatised
and commodified, and free themselves from being helpless "consumers"
of controlling systems like the auto/car/freeway/oil cartels. they
save money instead of spending it. they consume less. they don't
have to accept the prepackaged "options" that masquerade as "freedom of
choice" in sales gabble, but can go where they please when they please,
at their own speed. a "market for bicycles" I could understand, or a
"market for shoes." but a "market for walking"? whom could we pay to
walk for us, or to sell us "walking"?
it seems that market ideology has got such a grip on our culture that
we can only talk about people freeing themselves from monopoly markets,
by describing them as a "ready market" for freedom from markets!
<shakes head, bewildered grin>
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