Debate about public transport versus private
What we know that what we should do, and what we actually do are not always the same.
I’m afraid to say when it comes to transport, this is my ‘green’ downfall.
I use the car more than I should and am reluctant to use public transport, despite knowing it could reduce my carbon footprint and is a more sustainable way to travel.
To be perfectly honest I find the thought of waiting for a bus, carrying my shopping, contending with a child and gasp, being surrounded by loads of people, perfectly daunting.[amazon-product align=”right” small=”1″]1906136289[/amazon-product]
I want to go where I need to go, do what I need to do and get back home again.
Not very Zen like and not very environmentally friendly or sustainable is it?
I have done a couple of things like swap my 4×4 for a People Carrier which gets us 60 miles to the gallon. We also drive less than 6000 miles a year by using local shops and not travelling very far.
But still, as my school report card frequently said, I could do better.
I’ve read the Sustrans book “Do Humans Dream of Electric cars“, watched ‘Who killed the electric car’ and heard about people managing perfectly well without a car with a family of about 6!
I’ve heard that buses run every 10 minutes, rail travel allows you to sit back and relax and coaches are a great way to meet people, but I’m still not ready to give up my car.
Public versus private transport
[amazon-product small=”1″]B000MGBPHO[/amazon-product]Over on Sustained magazine, David North the editor, took a holiday to Cornwall and decided (even though it was more expensive) to use the train rather than his car.
17 hours later, and after a night spent roughing it after being given wrong information by CrossCountry, he arrived at his destination.
Not the relaxing travel I was envisioning.
David was locked out of Exeter station at midnight and left to fend for himself until 5am when train services began again. He asks what would the policy have been if he had been elderly, a single young female, disabled in some way or it had been the dead of winter – sub-zero.
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He’s chasing this up with the government, public transport watchdogs and sustainable travel advocates to see what can be done.
As he writes in his article, “I can accept lateness. I can accept grumpy staff. I can accept all sorts of little hiccups on a long journey but I would like to know that when big things go wrong I will be looked after. At the moment that isn’t the case and, until it is, then I don’t see how the public can be expected to support public transport over private”.
Please tell me about your experiences with public transport in the comments below and let’s help David build a case for change!
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