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Дата публикации:
17.10.2011
Личные средства транспорта: решение городских транспортных проблем

Факт: 43% всех поездок на автомобиле в будние дни происходят на расстояние менее 10 км, а также более 50% таких машин перевозят только одного человека.

 

The world is facing a major challenge:
*Urban transportation systems are becoming increasingly chaotic by the day
*Congestion on our road networks is getting worse
*Squeezing disproportionately large infrastructure into densely populated areas has become prohibitively expensive.

What more can we expect from a retro-fit solution? Anything designed afterwards is always going to be more difficult to build and maintain.
If the enormous cost doesn't break us - the social impact more than likely will.
'Car-maggdon' is killing our environment and our infrastructure budgets.
Growing infrastructure costs will continue to threaten our standard of living unless we find a way of supporting and implementing change that can deliver more with what we've already got - with what we already have.
 

The facts can no longer be ignored:
*43% of car trips completed on weekdays are less than 10km, and well over 50% of those cars contain just one person.
*Countries such as ours (Australia), which are car dependent, see 15.5% of our wealth go towards transportation costs.
We must reduce our dependence on private vehicles, but any solution to this dilemma will require thinking differently, NOT something bureaucracies have been renowned for doing.
Forward thinking countries are embracing this challenge head-on - so far, Australia has not.

Why?

Because we think that by using tired, out dated and prohibitively expensive solutions we'll be OK. This (out dated) option is considered 'safe' because it has less political risk to those having to make decisions.
Never before has an opportunity presented itself that is so simple that can improve our urban transport....and our way of life - an opportunity that many countries have wholeheartedly adopted which embraces social, lifestyle and environmental benefits. It's an idea that is as simple as the wheel itself....

It's the PERSONAL MOBILITY DEVICE. (PMDs)

A transportation revolution that is already helping to solve one of the world's most challenging urban development problems in many countries could be used here (Australia)?
Mr Albanese, PMDs can help you fulfil your initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because PMDs cut CO2 pollution dramatically. (They're 13 times more efficient than a car)
PMDs can extend the reach of bus interchanges, train stations and airport travel nodes without the need for extra car parking spaces to be built.
Those people only travelling a short distance who decide to use their PMDs to travel the whole way, will relieve congestion on bus and train networks to those who are not using PMDs for inter-modal connectivity.
Today's PMDs are safer, smaller, lighter and much smarter in their design. Most will fold-up into a bag and car be carried on public transport.
Because PMDs have an electric motor, more people will use PMDs over the physical challenge of a bike - no sweat! White collar workers don't want to arrive at work sweaty, nor do they have the capacity to find somewhere to store a bicycle.
With the introduction of some guidelines PMDs can very safely integrate into our societies, as they have in other places.
The two biggest obstacles currently inhibiting progress is our archaic laws related to footpath use and the law that says a PMD is a motor vehicle. (Australian Design Rules)
In the USA, almost every State permits the use of PMDs. The same is true in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal and Greece.
In Canada, a study found PMDs to be far superior and safer than other legal transportation devices, but Australia is still being left behind. The existing law currently makes riding PMDs on a footpath in Australia illegal, yet 'Gophers' (which weigh up to 10 times more than PMDs) which are inherently unstable by design are considered acceptable. This outmoded legislation and the cascading regulations in Australia must be challenged.
Please Mr Albanese, allow incremental and evolutionary change to occur by amending the Australian Design Rules.
It is a small and very affordable change which will produce a lot of good for all Australians, especially those in urban centres.

Terry  DoddsTerry Dodds
Group Manager Public Works at City of Ryde

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