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View Poll Results: Which
USA 1 6.67%
Canada 2 13.33%
Australia 2 13.33%
New Zealand 2 13.33%
Equal or No one is particularly more than the others. 8 53.33%
Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-05-2014, 06:33 PM
 
Location: East coast
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I'm thinking of just these, not the UK in the Old World, since these are all New World countries which have cities developing during the age of automobiles.

In which of these, for the majority of the population, wherever they live, city, suburb, small town etc. do people use non-car modes of transportation and not only that, but see it as more normal? I could just look up stats on things like transit use or car ownership etc. but I also wanted to get the feel of what people perceive "on the ground" in cultural attitudes and acceptability or attitudes about using alternatives to driving.

Of course these countries span diverse size classes and populations, so obviously for the US, an experience in NYC might be different from that in rural Alabama, but I am thinking about also experiences across the country as a whole (so more pro-public transit/walking/biking attitudes and availability spread across the country in many cities and towns counts more than those in just a few large cities). So which wins this?
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:36 PM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Definately not in Canada or USA!!

I would say New Zealand.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I doubt the majority population of any of these countries goes car free.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Definately not in Canada or USA!!

I would say New Zealand.
NZ has only two cities with any sort of train network, and middle sized cities only have very limited bus services. The layout of many urban road networks, making cycling a high risk proposition.

I would say NZ ranks last for public transport being mainstream. Canada , the US and Australia all have large cities with extensive public transport networks. I've used public transport for work in both Australia and the US, but never in NZ.

Even where there is public transport here, there does seem to be a bit of a stigma about taking it (sandal and cardigan wearing lefty, student, or poor person reduced to riding buses etc ). Wellington would be the big exception to that view (public servants), and Auckland to a lesser degree.

They all strong car cultures anyway, with probably little difference in attitudes towards public transport. I got my full license and first car less than two weeks after my 15th birthday, and have certainly squandered more than my fair share of the planet's oil reserves.
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Most to least:

Canada
Australia
New Zealand
United States

These are all still the most car dominated countries in the world.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:10 AM
 
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If you live in the suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney or Perth and work in the CBD, there is a reasonably high chance that you would use public transport on a regular or semi-regular basis. Otherwise your only experience of "public transport" is likely to be sitting in economy as you take a flight to Bali, the Gold Coast or whever you're going for a holiday.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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If you live in the suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney or Perth and work in the CBD, there is a reasonably high chance that you would use public transport on a regular or semi-regular basis. Otherwise your only experience of "public transport" is likely to be sitting in economy as you take a flight to Bali, the Gold Coast or whever you're going for a holiday.
Statistically someone from Brisbane is less likely to drive a car to work than someone from Melbourne and Perth.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:32 AM
 
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None of them. In each of these countries there are a few big cities that have good public transportation and in the rest of the country one really needs a car to get around easily.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:36 AM
 
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Statistically someone from Brisbane is less likely to drive a car to work than someone from Melbourne and Perth.
Doesn't Melboure have better/more extensive public transport than Brisbane?
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Doesn't Melboure have better/more extensive public transport than Brisbane?
Of course is a bigger city and had a more extensive system,the Australian census however dose ask the question about how the said person got to work that day. The answer for by car either as driver or passenger was Brisbane 64.5%, Melbourne 65%, a person from Melbourne is slight more likely to use public transport . However the people in Brisbane are more likely to walk, ride or do something else.
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