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Transport to the City Centre


transport-to-the-city-centre-graphicAs traffic pollution is one of the biggest causes of air pollution in Coventry, the number of people using alternative methods of transport to cars, such as buses, cycles, and walking will contribute to how sustainable we are.

Opportunities for people to walk, cycle and use public transport are also important for people without a car. Currently over one third of households do not own one. Over the last twenty years, the number of cars coming into the city centre has stayed about the same.

This is because there has been a fall in the number of people coming into the centre due to the increasing number of journeys by car to workplaces outside the City. However, there has been a significant decrease in the number of people travelling by bus to the city centre, and therefore a relative increase in the number of journeys by car.

Graph of percentage of people travelling to Coventry City Centre by different means

Cycling has only been monitored every two years since 1987 and there is no data for 1993. However, from 1987 to 1997 the percentage of people cycling to the city centre has dropped from 1.3 in 1987 to 0.7 in 1997.

Measures are being taken to promote more sustainable travel patterns, where there is less travel by car, especially when only one or two people occupy the vehicle and more travel by public transport, cycle and by foot. Benefits will include lower levels of pollution and healthier lifestyles.
  

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