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 http://m.theage.com.au/domain/green/slow-and-steady-wins-the-race-20121013-27jhj.html
An abstract of Paul Tranter’s paper presented at the Bike Futures conference can be read at http://bikefutures.conferenceworks.net.au/abstracts/index.php?name=t