Most of us still use the car as our primary mode of transport, and one-quarter of all car journeys are less than 3km. This mode of transport has a very significant environmental cost and impacts negatively on our health and wellbeing.
To ride a bike the same distance uses up less than one fiftieth of the energy required to drive.
Explore sustainable transport options.
With the emergence of peak oil and climate change as hot issues, car makers have been focusing their engineers on fuel efficiency, aerodynamics and hybrid technology. So when you're next in the market for a new set of wheels consider buying an efficient car.
Those regular trips to work, the market or school can be done with others and you'll have more fun, use less and spend less.
Fit, focused and firm, while also saving the world. What more can we say? Explore bike paths, cycle groups and ride any blues away...
Buses, Trains and Trams all use far fewer resources than cars. Increased use will lead to better service and you can read, listen and relax as you go to and fro.
Transport for most in Australia is the motor car, the second least energy efficient of the available modes (air travel being least). It generates noise, air, water & land pollution, contributes to global warming and consumes millions of hectares of land for roads.
As individuals we must understand the implications of our restlessness, start diminishing our addiction to the car, and reinvigorate our use of public transport and bikes.
Motor vehicles are responsible for much of the air pollution in our major cities. In Sydney, cars release 91% of the carbon monoxide in the air, 82% of the oxides of nitrogen and 49% of volatile organic compounds, such as benzene.
Cars emit one-third of the dangerous tiny particles that are present in Sydney's air (CSIRO: 2000). Getting out of our cars and opting for sustainable modes of travel can help alleviate these issues.
Cars emit harmful gases and chemicals into the atmosphere and are a major cause of health problems.
Rethinking our transport habits can free up time, engage us with our local communities and enhance our health.
If the motor car became less dominant, communities may also be a safer place and parents may be more willing to let their children out to play.
Transport consumes our time. To regain this time, we need to overlay our transport time with activities that improve our wellbeing or simply move ourselves around less.