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Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

We make a vanishingly small percentage of short trips by public transport and it's mostly because we prefer the alternatives for this sort of travel. Transit's strengths lie elsewhere

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Malcolm Turnbull's 30-minute city idea might look easy at first glance, but even delivering on primary school trips will require a level of commitment and political courage he can't manage

Are trips by public transport and by car the same?

Are trips by public transport and by car the same?

Cars dominate travel in Sydney for all trip lengths over one kilometre. Seriously increasing public transport's mode share is an enormous challenge; it will require making cars less attractive

Is it true high visibility clothing doesn’t help cyclists?

Is it true high visibility clothing doesn’t help cyclists?

There's an emerging meme that high visibility clothing doesn't make cycling safer. In some circumstances that's probably true but in most situations being easily seen still makes good sense

Are public transport trips longer (than car trips)?

Are public transport trips longer (than car trips)?

I’ve frequently mentioned that trips by public transport in Melbourne are longer on average than those by car. The exhibit above illustrates that difference using data from the Department of Transport’s VISTA data base. It shows the length of non-work trips in Melbourne by private vehicles versus public transport. For all practical purposes, it’s cars […]

What is the cost of commuting by car compared to public transport?

What is the cost of commuting by car compared to public transport?

The exhibit shows that in terms of weekly household cash outlays, commuting by public transport is vastly cheaper than commuting by car, irrespective of where the commuter lives (see first three rows). Both fixed and variable costs are much higher for cars than for public transport. For example, outer suburban households where the workers drive […]