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Adelaide’s traffic woes could worsen because the rise in vehicle ownership is more than double that of population growth, the RAA warns.
The city’s spiralling love affair with cars has led to calls for better roads, smarter traffic management and more park ‘n’ rides, according to a survey by the motoring body.
RAA spokesman Charles Mountain said Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed vehicle numbers in SA in January were 1,428,928, up from 1,326,232 five years earlier.
That was an increase of 102,696 cars, or 7.7 per cent.
ABS data shows SA’s population grew just 3 per cent over the same period, from 1,691,500 in December, 2014 to 1,742,700 last December.
Car ownership is outstripping population growth. Cartoon: Jos ValdmanAn RAA member survey of more than 500 people shows the overwhelming majority — 70 per cent — believe traffic congestion will become worse in the next 12 months, and over the next five years this increases to 84.6 per cent.
It also shows strong support for public transport expansion and more transport hubs (such as park and ride) to manage traffic congestion in the future
Mr Mountain said drivers and the RAA backed the trial extension of e-scooters from the Adelaide CBD to North Adelaide “because it would provide an alternative to using cars”.
“It would help commuters manage short journeys, which may be too far for people to walk, and also reduce the problem of finding a car park in either location.’’
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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