Blog - June 2011
I was invited by the OECD to prepare a paper for, and participate in the meeting of the International Transport Forum held in Leipzig 25-27 May 2011. This is the annnual meeting on transport policy attended by ministers, officials, NGOs, trade associations, plus a few researchers. I participated in a panel discussion on 'A Delicate Balance: Mobility and Access Needs' (see webcast) and in a side meeting on the possibility that demand for travel has saturated.
I'll blog separately on a some topics of interest. A few nuggets below:
- Human impact is as important as environmental impact.
- Cars are very sleepy animals - they spend 95% of their time immobile.
- 25% of all economic transactions depend on movement of goods and people by air.
- Bavaria exports mineral water to China because the freight cost on returning ships is negligable.