barefoot wrote:DRK_NYT wrote:America and Australia are also alot bigger than European Countries so in turn distances are further. It's not a case of following a European or American model based on lifestyle. It's more necessity. You go to England and drive for 10 hours in one direction and where does it get you? Pretty much from one end of the country to the other. In Australia you're not even from Melbourne > Adelaide yet.
That's a nonsense argument.
How often does the average person drive from Melbourne to Adelaide? And do you think people ride bikes from London to Edinburgh (or Hamburg to Frankfurt, or Moscow to Lisbon or whatever) when they need to make that trip?
Everybody in the developed world uses cars for intercity transport (except where there are good fast trains available - eg Japan). But the vast, vast majority of car use is within the home city. In Australia more than anywhere. And our cities have grown around the assumption of car travel, which makes other modes of transport less convenient.
50%* of car trips in Australia are under 5km
75%* are under 15km
Average number of people in a car is 1.1.
When you notice what a difference is made when it's school holiday time and there's less traffic on the road, that's a reduction of only 10-15% of the traffic!
Think about how walking, and riding a bike, (or public transport) could factor into that for some people. It's not about everyone riding bikes all the time - it's more about forgoing the car when it suits. And for some people, it could suit them a lot more than they realise.
*Yeah, I can't be bothered looking up the actual stat, but it's about that.