Bath Transport Mode versus distance Oct 2017

Understanding Bath’s Transport

This is a summary of the ‘Making Census of Bath’s Transport Problems’ presentation Adam Reynolds, chair of CycleBath made on Saturday as part of the ‘Bath Digital Festival’.

His presentation is self-explanatory and doesn’t take too long to read, however we thought it might be useful to extract a brief summary.

The presentation analyses 2011 Census data to try to get a greater understanding of Bath’s traffic:

  • 5.7% of people in Bath (city) cycle to work versus 1.8% in B&NES
  • 41% walk to work versus 23% in B&NES
  • Bath is in the top 4 ‘active’ (cycling and walking) cities (below Cambridge, York and Oxford)
  • Most journeys are under 5 km – a reflection of the small size of the city (see graph above)
  • 28,000 commute by car, of which 5,000 drive within a 20 minute walk, and 13,000 within a bike/ebike ride
  • 20,000 commute into the city, and 9.000 within the city; P&R sites only 25% full by 9am
  • Annual estimated cost of congestion £11million

The presentation then goes onto make a number of recommendations which we have previously reported on:

  • Introduction of soft parking zones to dissuade commuters in Bath from making use of free parking outside the current resident’s parking zones; £17 million per year value to this current free parking
  • Cycling makes 7 times better use of roads (density) than cars
  • Cycling is good for your health – 40% to 50% reduction in death from cancer, heart disease; 28% in UK are obese but only 10% in the Netherlands
  • ~100 deaths per year linked to transport in B&NES
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