Scilly Most Able To Cope With ‘Fuel Shock’ Says Scientist
Dr Ian Phillips of the University of Leeds will tell delegates at the Royal Geographical Society event in Exeter that 80% of islanders could get to work without motor vehicles if fuel wasn’t readily available. That’s the highest percentage in the country and compares to the English average of 44% of people who are capable of getting to work by walking or cycling.
Ian’s modelling is centred on public response to a ‘fuel shock.’ It assesses how we’d cope with an event similar to the blockade of refineries in 2000, which could restrict distribution and supply.
Scilly’s compact size will obviously influence islanders’ means of travelling to work, but Ian has found that a higher percentage of low income workers walk or cycle and they tend to live closer to their workplace.
The isles are recognised as an area with average earnings that fall below the EU standard.
Ian’s work could help influence transport policy. If all UK residents had access to a bike, he claims that the biggest car-free mobility impact would be evident in suburbs between 5 and 10km from a town centre.