News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Cut Car Travel, Says Scientists

Using our cars less and catching the bus more will improve road safety and reduce environmental damage, say scientists.

Carolyn O'Fallon of Pinnacle Research in Wellington is identifying when and why New Zealanders use their cars and what their attitudes are towards public transport.

“Managing and reducing car use will improve road safety, reduce environmental degradation, provide health benefits and improve energy and resource use,” said Dr O’Fallon.

“We interviewed 600 Auckland and Wellington car drivers who drive to work or study every day. We asked them how they would travel to work if they were faced with higher driving costs such as higher parking charges, vehicle registration surcharge or tolls to enter the central city. “

“We also asked what people will do if the higher driving costs were coupled with improvements to public transport such as more frequent services in peak periods and lower fares.”

“Our findings showed there is a group of hard core drivers who would continue to drive no matter how expensive driving became or how good the public transport service seemed,” said Dr O’Fallon.

The study, an investment of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, also investigated the reasons why parents drive their children to school.

“We have been able to gauge parents’ reactions to other safe methods of taking their children to and from school,” said Dr O’Fallon.

“Our work with those parents that drive their children to school revealed a strong interest in walking school buses. This is a system where one parent is in charge of walking groups of children to school and picking children up on the way”

“We are now working with Christchurch City Council to trial walking school bus networks in four different Christchurch schools,” said Dr O’Fallon.

“Ultimately, the success of our research programme will be measured by actual change in travel behaviour. In the mean time, we have successfully provided tools and knowledge to policy makers, planners and transport providers that will assist them in managing the transport network.”

For further information: Carolyn O’Fallon, Pinnacle Research, Mobile 025 240 4196, { HYPERLINK "mailto:pinnacle.research@clear.net.nz" }pinnacle.research@clear.net.nz Madeleine Setchell, Foundation for Research, Science and Technology Tel 04 9177806, Mobile 025 40 60 40, { HYPERLINK "mailto:madelein@frst.govt.nz" }madelein@frst.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland