The potential for non motorised transport in Melbourne

The potential for walking and cycling to replace motorised transport in Melbourne has been investigated because of present concern over possible liquid fuel shortages. Although trips would take longer if made by non motorised modes, walking and cycling can be used simultaneously for recreational purposes and for purposeful trip making by people of all ages. Analysis of non motorised transport overseas demonstrated that both walking and cycling can be important modes, especially if planned for and provided with their own right of way, with trip durations of up to 30 minutes being common. An examination of present vehicular trip making in Melbourne showed that the median duration for the journey to work by car was about 20 minutes, with even shorter durations for other trip purposes. It was found that half the car commuter trips could be made by walking and cycling 25 minutes or less, with a similar or higher proportion for other trip purposes by car. Public transport, functioning as a motorised back up service to walking and cycling, could take over the longer car trips. Long term land use changes could be used to shorten trip lengths, thus further promoting the use of walking and cycling.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 43-50
  • Monograph Title: Land use traffic impact prediction
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue Number: 5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01439211
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:04PM