Policy-Based Evidence-Making in a Nutshell
September 19, 2010 10 Comments
It’s so patently transparent it’s laughable.
Oh? Do tell? An independent study is that? Oh…
A study by Dr David Lewis, the man credited with inventing the phrase “road rage”, will be used as a major part of the Greener Journeys campaign.
Claire Haigh, a spokesman for Greener Journeys, said the findings might persuade drivers – who were already concerned about excessive CO2 emissions – that travelling by bus had health benefits as well as environmental ones.
“A survey found a fifth of motorists would be prepared to swap to public transport for reasons to do with the environment. Just one double-decker bus can take 75 cars off the road considerably reducing emissions levels,” she said.
Do I even need to dig into this absolute bollocks? The chances of a double-decker bus being 100% occupied by people who would otherwise each be on their own in a car?
Occupancy levels in city centres are an indication of this, and in one survey of city centre bus occupancy (four cities in Scotland), occupancy varied from 40% in the later morning to 80% in the morning peak.
And in London…
average car occupancy in London is 1.6.
[The mayor’s] action plan does not spell out what he will do to improve London Buses’ low bus occupancy of 15, i.e. the average bus only has 15 people on it.
And certainly a proportion of those people will be those who can’t drive or don’t run a car.
I don’t think there’s much need to rehearse the other reasons why bus travel may be more unpleasant and stressful than driving. Namely the travelling public, in all their smelly, noisy, retarded glory.
It’s no coincidence that on the day of the last tube strike in London, Twitter was awash with people hating their experience with buses.
If it’s worse than the London Underground, it’s Pretty Fucking Grim.
I’ll leave you with a quote from a co-conspirator.
Driving not more stressful; At least when I am travelling in my own car I am quite happy for the man next to me to put his hand on my thigh