The Dilemma...

Traffic congestion and parking difficulties. Congestion is one of the most prevalent transport problems in large urban agglomerations, usually above a threshold of about 1 million inhabitants. It is particularly linked with motorization and the diffusion of the automobile, which has increased the demand for transport infrastructures. However, the supply of infrastructures has often not been able to keep up with the growth of mobility. Since vehicles spend the majority of the time parked, motorization has expanded the demand for parking space, which has created space consumption problems particularly in central areas; the spatial imprint of parked vehicles is significant.

    1. Longer commuting

      On par with congestion people are spending an increasing amount of time commuting between their residence and workplace. An important factor behind this trend is related to residential affordability as housing located further away from central areas (where most of the employment remains) is more affordable. Therefore, commuters are trading time for housing affordability. However, long commuting is linked with several social problems, such as isolation, as well as poorer health (obesity).

    2. Loss of public space

      The majority of roads are publicly owned and free of access. Increased traffic has adverse impacts on public activities which once crowded the streets such as markets, agoras, parades and processions, games, and community interactions. These have gradually disappeared to be replaced by automobiles. In many cases, these activities have shifted to shopping malls while in other cases, they have been abandoned altogether. Traffic flows influence the life and interactions of residents and their usage of street space. More traffic impedes social interactions and street activities. People tend to walk and cycle less when traffic is high.

    3. Environmental impacts and energy consumption

      Pollution, including noise, generated by circulation has become a serious impediment to the quality of life and even the health of urban populations. Further, energy consumption by urban transportation has dramatically increased and so the dependency on petroleum. Yet, peak oil considerations are increasingly linked with peak mobility expectations where high energy prices incite a shift towards more efficient and sustainable forms.

Many dimensions to the urban transport problem are linked with the dominance of the automobile.

Planet Rider, The Solution...

Benefits of Planet Rider: How Planet Rider contributes to sustainable travel goals

Planet Rider is an environmentally friendly mode of transport, since it does not pollute or create noise. Commuting with your Planet Rider in urban areas in place of your car use could contribute to less energy consumption from travel activity and reduced congestion and is way to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse and other emissions. There very high proportion of journeys made in cars nowadays which could perfectly well be made using your Planet Rider without any significant difference in the journey time door to door. In fact, on trips of 5 miles in urban areas your travel time will be less.

With Planet Rider there is no pollution, they are silent, economical, discreet, accessible to all members of the family and, above all, a Planet Rider is faster than a car over short urban distances even more in the case of traffic jams. More than 30 % of trips made in cars cover distances of less than 5 Miles and 50 % are less than 10 Miles! For such journeys alone, Planet Riders could easily replace cars, thus satisfying a large proportion of the demand and contributing directly to cutting down traffic jams. Can you chose to ignore the potential of Planet Rider, whether for daily trips to school or to the workplace (which account for 40 % of all journeys made) or for other reasons (60 % of journeys made are to do with shopping, services, leisure pursuits, social activities, etc.)

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