Cars, Time, Money, Climate and Health

Most efficient way for 50 people to go to work

Most efficient way for 50 people to go to work

By Ian Hundley

Paul Tranter, Associate Professor of geography at UNSW Canberra explained to the Bike Futures Conference held recently in Melbourne that we frequently underestimate the time we spend earning money to pay to keep a car in the road.
He argues that we should add this time to the amount of time we actually spend in our car to provide a realistic assessment of how much time we really spend commuting by car.

The cost of keeping a car on the road is likely to be at least $110 per week, and possibly much more. Public transport and active transport immediately become much more attractive alternatives when viewed in this more realistic light.

Paul Tranter’s recent interview with Michael Green of the Sunday Age, can be read at

An abstract of Paul Tranter’s paper presented at the Bike Futures conference can be read at


About Friends of Banyule Inc

President & Public Officer of Friends of Banyule Inc, a community not- for-profit organisation to enhance and protect the environmental assets of Banyule City. Currently fighting the proposed NE Link freeway through one of inner Melbourne's most ecologically sensitive areas and historical areas.
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2 Responses to Cars, Time, Money, Climate and Health

  1. Tony B says:

    Of course, public transport is a no-brainer solution to moving people around our city. It’s quicker, cheaper and more productive. No commuter would contest this opinion. However, what is driving our government is not pedestrians and the needs of public transport users. The road lobby is more lucrative due to the collaboration between the housing industry and box-mega-stores, and their continued proliferation into new territories, creating new frontiers for business opportunities. Public transport is a money sink, not profit-making except for the private owners. With an economy largely reliant on housing, the road lobby have the government’s “ear”, and public transport is a third, fourth – or lower- consideration.

  2. SP says:

    I would love to know exactly how this works in Melbourne. In 10 years I have never met an actual transport planner. Maybe they deliberately keep a low profile. But they must be the ones wanting ancient forms of infrastructure – highways down creeks, big tunnels, etc. Who are these people?

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