The aim was to determine distance, area, and if the driver in question had considered alternatives such as buses or cycling. The majority of responses came through Twitter. I know this due to the many retweets I got thanks to the likes of Edmund King (head of the AA - who very kindly also retweeted my cycling poll), and many people who replied to me via the site. I also managed to get a few from Facebook to join in, yet Twitter users seem more involved with research, surveys and petitions I notice.
|The majority of people were what you might call "young", being under 35|
|Odd that more didn't class themselves as Pedestrian... a reasonable amount admit to car-pooling, too|
I asked drivers what distances they drove if they commuted to work via their car. 29% drove a distance that could easily be done by bicycle (disability is an obvious exception). If the buses were cheaper I could see many more using them for the longer distance.
Only one person responded that they drove over 30 miles. 23 people using alternatives to the car is still pretty good however. I also asked motorcyclists what their commute distances were, but so few responded its not even worth putting the pie chart up.
Cycling is free (once you've acquired a bike obviously). So what are the reasons people give for not riding a bike to work, or a friends:
|You have to admire people for admitting they're a bit lazy.|
- one person suggested "bicycles are for children" (tell that to Bradley)
- one person said they need to travel with children
- "Bad experience previously, Saw an accident once involving a cyclist and a bus. It put me off cycling on the road"
- Traveling in from out of town (this is fair enough)
- and one person said they're a disabled driver (again fair enough)
Why don't people take the bus? In the other category:
- "smelly people with colds" (I had to laugh, same respondent who said "bicycle are for children")
- Another person also said "passengers smell"
- "Interchanges are poor, journey via public transport to work would actually be quicker but involves 2 trains, both of which run hourly, and miss each other by 5 mins so results in waiting at soton central for 55 mins each way!"
- "My ex is a bus driver crazy bitch who i never want to run into"
- "Got to take a lot of kit with me" (again this is fair enough!)
The joke responses aside (they still answered the other questions) perhaps there is still opportunity in the alternatives - even motorcycling as an option to reduce your fuel consumption and mitigate parking issues. But we will never know until someone with clout asks, and then more importantly acts.
The rest of the responses are available to view in summary HERE if you're interested.