Oh come on now, are you guys for real ?
A recent survey by roads research group AARB has shown that most Australians would drive to work earlier, or go home later, to avoid road congestion rather than catch public transport to work. Aaaaargh !!!!!
ARRB, who provides research, consulting and information services to the road and transport industry surveyed just over 1000 people across the country.
First, this doesn’t seem like a decent enough sample for a properly indicative result, so my hope is they accidentally rang a small cluster of car-worshipping fuckwits located in some remote sect compound, ie somewhere in Duncan Gay’s electorate, because that would explain a lot.
The continued aversion to public transport is most pronounced among those aged 45-54, with almost 60% saying they would sooner change driving habits than catch public transport even just one day a week. Ok, well there’s some hope of attrition here, what with their advanced ages and advanced Type 2 diabetes. You self-centred fuckers.
The 18-24 age group were the only ones more likely to switch to public transport to beat congestion. They were also the likeliest to commit to cycling or walking to work to avoid driving in heavy peak-hour traffic.
Say what you will about the Millennials [and reading today that cinemas are considering allowing mobile phone use during movies to keep the kids entertained is enough to make me pirate every new movie release for the rest of my life]; they get what’s happening to the planet and have some concept of personal responsibility for global issues.
Among those Aussie dinosaurs who had stuck to their cars, this meant changing work hours, rat-running to avoid bottlenecks, or simply leaving home earlier to arrive at work at the same time. "Rat-running". Yeah we see a few of you around our ways – lovely green suburban streets turned into car-parks by people trying to shave a few minutes off their stupid car journey. Pets hit by cars, kids too scared to bike themselves to school. I cannot convey enough how much I hate you people.
Charles Karl, of ARRB said there was a clear generational shift in how Australians respond to traffic congestion.
"Gen Ys are happy to ditch their cars in favour of public transport, foot and pedal power ... older generations have their hands firmly rusted onto the steering wheel, choosing to work longer hours to avoid the dreaded peak-hour crawl," Dr Karl said.
The research found that less than 30% aged 45-65 were willing to leave the car at home, while 75% of respondents aged 18-24 had switched to public transport, cycling or walking at least once a week.
Dr Karl said the survey results were a useful gauge of people's behaviour on the road, and pointed to potential behaviour-change tactics which roads authorities could use to reduce congestion.
"Apart from trying to finish off those missing [road] links in our capital cities there is only so much you can do on the supply side, so we need to be smarter," Dr Karl said. He did not go on to say that this was an impossibility for many motorists, but I think the sub-text is there.
He pointed to the example of the early-bird free or discounted travel offer for people who catch public transport before 7am as an effective way to change commuting habits, but said roads lacked corresponding disincentives.
"The most effective is something that hits your hip pocket," he said.
Solutions most favoured by respondents included more peak-hour clearways, giving greater green-light priority to major thoroughfares (at the expense of side streets), putting extra lanes on main roads and creating more express bus and taxi lanes.
Solutions most favoured by me include shooting out the tyres of anyone driving a route adequately replicated by public transport.
An American blogger is credited with the phrase which has been recycled by Australian politicians this week "Curing congestion by adding more lanes is like curing obesity by buying bigger pants."
Twenty-six per cent of respondents wanted more cycling lanes, while 24% had their head up their backside and wanted to ban cycling and remove bike lanes from main roads.
Wow. Such stupid. Here's a little picture of car-loving Mexico City for you;
And here's a picture of Sydney smog; look Ma, we're getting there !
Do I seem angry about this ? Yeah, some days I've had just about enough of these muppets.