Following on from yesterdays comments over whether the new residents of Greater Truro will drive to the city centre, we explore what factors encourage people to use their cars.
Extension of housing developments into the countryside – as people live further away from town centres, the option of walking or cycling diminishes
Development of more and more retail parks and shopping outlets – yes oddly enough these all encourage people to travel
Consumerism is still seen as a good thing, and just encourages people to go out and shop
More fast food outlets which are ‘out of town’ – again just encourages travel
The expansion of events and attractions which yet again oddly enough encourage people to travel
Car parking charges – do not apply to retail parks or outlets – oddly enough this (which is a subsidy to drivers), just makes it cheaper to drive
Council owned car parks which offer free parking at certain times
Expanding road space – every time you increase capacity, you increase opportunities for driving, even though the perception that with a new road you will get there quicker is often higher than the reality
A lack of personal awareness of the impact of more travel by individuals – although as nobody actually discourages excess travel why would anyone bother?
We could reduce car use if we tried, but whether as a society or individuals, we are not trying!