The car: curse or cure?

The paper is intended as the basis for seminar or working sessions with community groups who have an interest in the subject area but without any deep knowledge. It is based on the assumption that the community should be challenged to assess its attitudes to travel and to aid in the search for appropriate future travel modes. It asks four key questions: (1) do we depend too much on the car in current society? (2) what are the social costs of our use of the car? (3) how are other countries coping? (4) should the 'authorities' control the use of the car? the paper suggests that we cannot continue on a path of relatively unconstrained growth in the use of the car. Because of our extensive subfreeway road network in Australia, it is suggested that we have a good chance to develop useful road based passenger transport systems. On the other hand, it is suggested that there are many cases (eg, rural areas) where the car will remain the only viable passenger transport mode; alternatives such as buses will be less efficient than the car, due to scheduling and loading problems (a).

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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Bowyer, D P
    • Lay, M G
  • Publication Date: 1979-12


  • English

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  • Pagination: 11P
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    • Issue Number: AIR 000-137

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  • Accession Number: 01439123
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 10:02PM