The days when cars represented a luxury not all Australians were able to afford are long gone now. In fact, they became so available and affordable that they have been turned into a personal companion in every man’s life. One thing is clear: Australians do love their cars and the number of car ownerships is continuously growing.
Going to work
According to the data that has been collected by the Census of Population and Housing in 2011, Adelaide was the town which had the highest rate of passengers that are getting to work by car. As a result, 84% of the people living in this area use their cars in order to get to their jobs, while only 2.9% of the citizens will choose to walk to work.
For a clearer perspective: Adelaide is a congested town. More than 120,000 workers go to work every day, out of which almost 60,000 own a car. To this number will be added another 88,000 students who will travel either by car, by bike, using public transportation or simply walking.
In some even more specific numbers, there are about 20 routes in the city which are catering for no less than 220,000 vehicles trips every day in and out of the town. 50,000 of these vehicle trips will use the city as a shortcut. The lack of a proper ring road around the parklands will only add a higher degree of congestion to the town.
The impact on the environment
Given the fact that the percentage of people who choose to go to work by car is so high, it is only natural to take into consideration the impact these vehicles have on the surrounding nature.
Everyone is aware of the greenhouse gas emissions and of the impact they have on the environment. According to a study that has been conducted in 2012, only 7% of the households in Adelaide took this criterion into consideration when purchasing a new vehicle. Other 5% declared that opting for public transportation to go to work or to school is the right choice due to their environmental concerns.
Why do people choose to use vehicles?
Most of the citizens in Adelaide declared that they prefer the comfort and the convenience of their own and private car. Public transportation sometimes lacks and does not ensure a punctual arrival at the destination, for instance.
When it comes to using the bike, people would actually state that they would prefer not to cycle, as sometimes the distance is too far. So, it is only natural that they would rather use their cars and get to work or to school on time and fresh.
Are cars influencing culture?
Apart from various health reasons, the lack of a vehicle was another cause for not attending cultural events. 20% of the people who did not get to a culture venue blamed the lack of a personal car.
Cars are, indeed, objects that have become personal assistants for the citizens in Adelaide. Knowing this, it is easy to understand now why the town is so congested.