Have you actually cycled in Galway? Or used public transport??
I spend years cycling in Galway and would not wish it on worst enemy
, unlike Dublin (which was pleasant to cycle on south side of city) in Galway it rains twice more than Dublin, often with galeforce gusts, and it is not flat either, and then there are the bloody roundabouts, why oh why is there a roundabout at terryland?
And of course there are people who work in the factories but have to get home on the west side of town, it is sort of hard nowadays to move home remortgage etc
And yes people do need to get to shops and businesses for an economy to function, was talking to a retailer yesterday who rolled his eyes at the driving rain outside and lack of customers who would not dare to take a trip in such conditions
And then there are people who simply do not have the health to cycle
I am not even going to mention the poor bastards who want to get around galway only to go onto Connemara and the West, for business or tourism
As for buses, they are often overcrowded, smelly and at times/destinations full of certain loud "minority" who make bus commuting a miserable experience for all, and of course they all go in and out of town, no buses going across town
Btw how would you propose to add 2 bus lanes on lets say the quincenteneal bridge? reduce traffic to one lane?? spend enough money widening the bridge spending as much money as the bypass bridge would cost?
Yes people, people need to also shop and reach recreations not just commute to/from work
We are not all just some automatons in a Green Matrixian utopia were we should all be hooked up to a battery powering the robots
We are people who just want to get on with our lives and are bloody sick of others dictating how we should live and travel our lives
So are you saying that the Chinese justify the GCOB and Galway's astonishing levels of car use and dependence?
1. No I think focusing so much energy and time on cutting CO2 is pointless as the rest of the world does not give a rats arse and want to live their lives, moving people to bycicles only to boast about reduction in CO2 is pointless when the Chinese build a new coal plant every week.
2. do you have any figures to backup your claims about "car dependence" in Galway, and as compared to whom exactly??