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Car travel doomed?

by Carl Brewer last modified 2008-03-02 16:08
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Yet another Age article, where it seems someone's finally doing the numbers

The article.

"People are going to have to fundamentally change the way they think about travel and make much more use of non-motorised travel such as cycling and walking."

"An overseas trip might become a once-in-a-lifetime experience rather than an annual event"

And the RACV, ever the advocate of 'keep on breaking the world' chimes in :

RACV public policy general manager Brian Negus said there needed to be a balanced approach to planning for future car use: "We need to improve the road system so you get more efficiency and less congestion."

And key roads still needed to be built, he said. The RACV has long argued that the Metropolitan Ring Road, which currently ends at Greensborough, should be linked with the Eastern Freeway.

No, Brian, we do not need more freeways, all that happens when you build more freeways is that people then decide to live further from their workplaces, because for a little while, they can.  It makes traffic worse, encourages people to drive more and in the long term, buggers us all.

On your bike!


But I need my car...

Posted by Dino Apolito at 2008-03-02 17:06
These days, most times I'm in my car my track bike is on the roof. I'm currently making five trips per week from Heidelberg to the BBN velo for myself or for Emily or for both of us. Without my car we couldn't get there and we couldn't race and train. I mainly work from home so my car use seems directly related to my bike use!

I've met Brian Negus when he was head of VicRoads North Eastern region before joining RACV. He certainly advocates more and better roads. (It is after all his job to do so.) But he also believed in a holistic approach to transport and that more had to be done on infrastructure for public transport and cycling. Unlike many in his organisation I don't think he holds the opinion that "roads are for just for cars". At least this was the opinion I formed from our short and semi public meeting. I could be wrong

move closer to the velodrome?

Posted by Carl Brewer at 2008-03-02 19:56
Or make a trailerbike!

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