Many international experts all seem to concur that we are way behind world trends that are moving away from building freeways and highways and turnpikes and autobahns and autostradas, and whatever they call those expensive strips of concrete and bitumen that is supposed to get us from point A to point B.
Instead we are told that we should be building more cycle paths and bus lanes and light rail lines ( a fancy name for trams) and adding more train lines – and maybe even jogging lanes for the fitness fanatics.
The problem I see is that they are ALL good ideas !
BUT the Perth design people (who fervently clutch at these ideas years after some other country has explored the possibilities) still fail to recognise that people taking the train or bus to work seldom live close to their chosen transport – so they drive to where they can catch the public transport.
Now if your choice of public transport is the train and you are intending to catch such public transport at the reasonable hour of 8.00 am – where on earth do you park the car you have driven from home ? Most car parks located beside rail stations are normally full by 7.30 am.
This is where the cunning councils subsidise their community coffers by sending their uniformed Gestapo ( known as traffic wardens or parking inspectors) who have a field day after 9.30 am booking all those ‘poor sods’ who could not find a parking spot in the overcrowded car park adjoining the rail station – AND in sheer desperation parked on a street verge. Whoops ! That just added $85 to the train fare.
Now what does our commuter do the next work day ? He says “Screw the train I am taking the car to work”.
Then there are those cold wintery mornings when the south westerly wind is straight from the South Pole and cutting like a hot knife through butter – and the wind is driving the rain so that it appears horizontal instead of vertical. You know those dreadful days !
My question is does the commuter struggle against the elements to reach the train (or bus stop) or does he take the warm, dry car ? The question is rhetorical !
Then I think about some of the those stinking hot summer days when practically
everybody heads for the beach. OOPS ! It is a long walk from the train to the beach.
Of course – silly me ! I can take a bus direct to almost any popular beach. But then again it is possible the bus driver (and most passengers) are not happy with the same “poor sod” who copped an $85 ticket the last time he used public transport – but willing to try again now has his missus and 3 kids in tow – all laden down with beach umbrellas, a big esky, loads of sandwiches and sunscreen – water wings for the two youngest and a beach ball grandma gave the eldest kid at Xmas.
Next beach day – he takes the car !