Popularity of driving over public transport looks set to soar

Popularity of driving over public transport looks set to soar
More cars could be set to hit the road after official figures revealed that the popularity of driving may be outstripping all other modes of transport.

According to government statistics, the number of people choosing to get from A to B by bike or by public transport could start to drop off over the next 25 years.

Instead, more and more journeys are likely to be made by car, the data from the Department for Transport (DfT) suggests.

It comes despite recent efforts to promote greener ways of travelling and a greater use of shared car clubs in places like London as a way to cut congestion.

The figures, released in response to a parliamentary question, show that the average person made around 453 journeys by car last year.

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They go on to predict that this number could shoot up by as much as 11% to hit 503 over the years ahead.

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In contrast, it is thought that the average number of journeys to be made by bike will drop to 20 from 22, with bus trips also tailing off by around 25%.

No regional breakdown for the figures was provided to show the parts of the country where driving is most popular.

Responding to the figures, the DfT told the London Evening Standard that it is spending an unprecedented sum of £61 billion on projects to improve transport connections.

One such scheme includes the Quietway in London, which diverts cyclists and pedestrians away from busy roads.

The 9km route between Greenwich and Waterloo opened yesterday and connects to other cycling paths in the area, including two “cycle superhighways”.

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Plans have also been set out for an additional six Quietways to be opened by 2017.

Separate findings from a YouGov poll carried out for British Cycling found that drivers support such initiatives to increase the number of cycle tracks on the roads.

The majority - 71% - of respondents who commute by car, on foot or by public transport said they support building integrated cycle paths even if it meant adding a minute or two to their own journey time.

Even more - 79% - said they would be in favour of more cycle lanes if it meant their journey time would not be affected.

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