Many groups have been vocal about how reducing #CarDependency, reallocating road space, and introducing road usage charges will lead to inequitable outcomes – in that the most vulnerable sections of society will bear a disproportionately higher cost of transition through longer travel times, decreased social mobility, and higher travel charges.
But a new research by Bike is Best provides an interesting insight into the costs of continuing with our car dependency – how an entrenched car culture leaves millions of Britons in transport poverty. This study finds drivers are spending up to a fifth of their pre-tax income on running a car as lack of infrastructure deters people from cycling.
If the UK adopted the Dutch way of commuting – with one in five people cycling to work – it would reduce CO2 emissions by at least 1500 tonnes per year on average. Not to mention the significant health benefits which will reduce pressure on the NHS. Physical inactivity currently costs the NHS about £1bn each year, rising to some £7.4bn each year when costs to wider society are included.