Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Reduce traffic in Los Angeles.

Video infographic from "" about how we can reduce traffic in Los Angeles  makes a pretty simple claim, "if just 3% of drivers switched to using public transport or cycling to work then traffic could move up to 15% faster." I am sure that's pretty true. The statistic that is worrying though is 87% of Angeleno's drive to work, meaning there not only a need for a lot of road, but a lot of car parks too.

Thinking about car parks its pretty scary, some people think there are maybe 8 car parks for every single car in The United States, much more conservative estimates say about 500 million, and I assume that does not include the garage at home. Given there are 136 million cars, 110 million trucks, about 1 million buses for a total of 247 million vehicles, its no wonder that there is a fair bit of traffic on the roads.

I cant find any good statistics on the number of bicycles in the US, one wiki source suggests only 70 million. If I assumed that there was 1 bike for every person, approximately 300 million bikes, there would still be more car parks in America than bicycles. It juts goes to show, that not only are cars a burden on the environment with regards to pollution, but their demands on our land for parking space must be having a bad impact too.

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