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Little sign of change in transport attitudes says study

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Little sign of change in transport attitudes says study


Europeans are still in love with their cars according to the latest Eurobarometer study, despite the rising fears of global warning and petrol price rises. 51 percent of us are still resisting the idea of a future featuring less car travel and more public transport. Only 21 percent of us prefer buses, 15 percent of us prefer to walk, while only two percent of us use motorbikes daily. Why does public transport fare so badly?

51 percent of people for example say they would use buses more if the timetables were better. After that there is the problem of not enough buses going where you want. 28 percent of people said they would use the bus more if networks were better, but that leaves a stubborn 22 percent who will not kick the car come hell or high water.

A number of alternative cars are now reaching the market, from electric cars to biofuel-driven models. They have sold, but they are expensive, even if a slim majority of Europeans, 54 percent, say they are ready to pay more to pollute less.

The final part of the report concerns mobility. The EU is committed to ensure sustainable freedom to travel for everyone, including the handicapped and elderly. New rules come into force on Friday for the some 10 percent of the population that rarely travels because of the increased cost or lack of facilities.

Airports and airlines will have to stop discriminating against people they find it difficult to cater for at the moment. From next July they will have to provide a range of services for people with restricted mobility, for example carrying wheelchairs or guide dogs free of charge.

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