Food for thought – this report was launched on Tuesday from Infrastructure Australia Major Cities Unit: Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport – supporting active travel in Australian communities
Traffic congestion in urban areas is a central consideration for transport, and is estimated to cost $20.4 billion by 2020. One in seven adult Australians drives less than five kilometres to work or study. In Victoria, 55 per cent of all trips are five kilometres or less, of which 85 per cent are by car. Shifting even a small proportion of these short-distance trips to walking and riding could reduce congestion across our urban transport networks, and can lead to positive outcomes for the environment, our health and liveability.