Half of drivers would rather take car than walk one mile

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 July 2014

Almost half (47%) of all people in the UK would rather drive than walk for a journey of up to one mile and 48% drive to work instead of trying to use any other form of transport.

Despite a one-mile journey taking not much longer to walk than drive, only 38% of drivers said they would use their feet in place of the car for such short journeys. Even though short journeys cause the most pollution and damage to cars, half said they would still drive.

However, the research by also found that 33% of Brits think we rely too much on the car. And one in five drivers said they could use public transport but preferred their own car for commuting to work. Only 11% of commuters walk to work, with 2% cycling.

Commuters in Birmingham, Liverpool and Wakefield are the most likely (58%) to use their car to get to work, while Bristol has the highest number of people who walk (19%) and cycle (11%) to work.

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