Are politicians spending infrastructure money in the right way? Map suggests many neighbourhoods are NOT car dependent Many urban areas of England and Wales are populated by a majority of residents who don’t own cars, a new data visualisation has shown.
In London and Newcastle some areas have less than 30 per cent car ownership, leading to fresh calls for more – and better targeted – cycling and walking infrastructure.
Created by Tom Forth of the data consultancy Imactivate, the images map car ownership (link is external) as declared in the 2011 census.
While rural areas continue to be highly dependent on cars for transport, an active-travel consultant Philip Insall suggested to Bike Biz (link is external) that the map could be used to ask local politicians whether they know the car-ownership stats in their wards.
We reported in 2014 how Peterborough, Colchester and Milton Keynes were identified by the Campaign for Better Transport as the hardest places in England to live if you don’t have a car.
At the other end of the scale, London’s low rate of car ownership and excellent public transport makes it the easiest place in England to live without a car, followed by Manchester and Liverpool.In […]