For those of you who value statistics and research as an impetus to your design process
you may want to consider the following for future transportation concepts in regards to function
in an urban environment and the infrastructure of the energy network to ensure your concepts
can meet the demands of reality 5 to 10 years from now:
168.03 Million – That’s the number of motor vehicles on China’s roads.
The figure cover automobiles, motorcycles, tractors, trailers and other motor vehicles.
By comparison, the US had 250,851,833 registered motor vehicles in 2006
according to a Department of Transportation study(in 1960: 74.4 million).
8.26 million – In the past year, 8.26 million motor vehicles were added to China’s roads,
a 5.17% increase.
By comparison, between 2005 and 2006, the number of motor vehicles on US roads increased by 1.38%.
127.68 million – That’s the number of private motor vehicles in China, about 76% of total,
but their increase is faster than non-private vehicles.
Minus 1.4% – But, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal,
sales of passenger vehicles in China fell 1.4% year-on-year in September,
marking the second straight month of declines.
“A total of 552,800 vehicles were sold, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Sales had fallen 6.3% in August, the first decline in more than three years.
However, taken together, sales in the January-September period rose 11.4% year-on-year, to 5.1 million units.”
via Treehugger.com / Xinhuanet
The graphic below represents a breakdown in the type of transportation used by the commuting population in America.
It was really interesting to see that more people actually walked than taking public transit.