Traffic has grown massively and is forecast to grow still further. Cars pour out climate changing emissions and cause congestion that costs us dear - and every day there are millions of empty seats in our cars. Friends of the Earth put these figures on the benefits of car sharing:
*If average car occupancy was to increase by half - with 2.37 persons per car rather than 1.58 - it would lead to a one-third fall in traffic.
*If there was an increase of 10% - with 1.74 persons per car on average - this would reduce traffic on our roads by 9%.
*Over half of drivers would share a car to work if there was someone suitable to travel with.
*A 10% car occupancy rise would reduce congestion by as much as a doubling rail usage.
If you want to discuss travel/transport issues, including cycling, walking, car sharing, public transport, the benefits and drawbacks of car use...there is a workshop on 29 April, 6.30pm at Knowle West Media Centre.