Third 'making fewer car journeys' as petrol prices rise
David Franklin
Posted 25/6/2011 21:04 (#719)
Subject: Third 'making fewer car journeys' as petrol prices rise


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The results of this survey read like a transition manual.
Cut out short journeys.
Plan your journey to combine trips in one.
Reduce using your car just for pleasure (days out)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13863089

With 65% saying they would have to cut the car use if prices kept rising, it's kind of nice to know that there is a price at which people will stop driving.
this compares with a year or two ago when reports suggests that people would keep driving no matter what the cost.

But is this just the laws of supply and demand coming in to play. And as the price rises and the demand falls will this force the price back down and drive demand up once again? Or once they have involuntarily transitioned to low carbon transport life style will the change stick?

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Penny
Posted 26/6/2011 10:01 (#720 - in reply to #719)
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This is all true and its adds to the need for more resilient communities. - where people can access services and assistance without the need for travel

We are planning a series of village level meetings in the autumn to introduce the tranistion agenda and, hopefully, to discuss village level resilience lissues. It will be interesting to look at ways to reduce transportation needs.
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Anne Thomas
Posted 1/6/2012 01:11 (#1008 - in reply to #719)
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Certainly a lot less of a congestion problem on the Kessock Bridge than there used to be. Maybe we don't need all these expensive new roads after all, but politicians seem to be taking a while to catch up with the present never mind envisage a future with fuel a lot less plentiful and a lot more expensive.
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