A History of the Ministry of Information, 1939-46


Appendix 1 - Is there a concealed demand for public transport?

The fact that those workers who get themselves to work are more satisfied than those using public transport does not mean that such workers would not make use of public transport were it available. The following table indicates that considerable proportions of walkers and cyclists have no better ways of getting to work available.

Table 38

(Why do walkers walk?

(Why do cyclists cycle?

All Walkers Over 15 minutes walkers All Cyclists Over 15 minutes cyclists
Prefer to 22.3 29.7 36.9 30.5
No Transport 19.1 27.1 19.9 24.2
Transport not good enough 10.9 19.1 34.4 37.2
Saves money 1.6 1.9 5.8 6.2
Live near work 49.8 22.9 - -
Other reasons 2.3 2.9 8.5 5.4
No information 8.1 11.0 9.0 10.0
Total 707 310 398 240

It will be seen that lack of public transport is responsible for an even larger proportion of walkers and cyclists amongst those whose journeys to work take over 15 minutes. 60% of cyclists and 44% of walkers have over 15 minute journeys and together these groups of cyclists and walkers amount to 18% of the sample of workpeople. Thus numbers amounting in all to 9% of the sample (representative of the working population) cycle or walk because transport is not available.

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