28 Jun '11, 11am

Have we hit peak car use? Maybe so. #peakoil #peakcar

Have we hit peak car use? Maybe so. #peakoil #peakcar

Photo FontFont via flickr and Creative Commons license. Researchers Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy, writing in the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice , find some new evidence of peak car use. They reference the work by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper, who studied eight countries' and travel patterns and came up with something they termed peak travel saying, "the assumption that travel demand will continue to rise should be treated with caution." Newman and Kenworth also point to a Brookings report (2008) that indicated that car use (vehicle miles traveled) plateaued in around the 2004 - 2006 timeframe, and since 2007 has begun to subside. Another set of researchers found a similar pattern in Australia, with the peak of car use also occurring at around that same time, and declining after. Phil Goodwin, a transport economist in the UK, has put together a simi...

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