Our Chosen Themes

Vroom Vroom

Through all of our interviews we noticed that time was a recurring factor in what decided the choice of transport. When it came to busses, most of the interviewees pointed out that 9am was the worst time to travel because of traffic congestion and the lack of bus lanes. As well as this, a few people said that there also weren’t enough busses. We also noticed that people would sometimes have to move stops to actually be able to get onto a bus, as sometimes they were too full after waiting for one to eventually arrive. Additionally, people would be factoring in time for the worst case scenario, like the bus not turning up or it being too full, resulting to them having to leave enough time to walk in.

All of the information we collated from the interviews was purely made from the experiences of the interviewees and these experiences led to their opinions of the transport system as well as their choice of transport. Some people stated that they enjoyed cycling or walking, to the bus as it reduced travel time as well as making you feel good. It was often the over crowed and delayed busses that led to people either walking or cycling to the University.

Value (Money & Time):
A main issue that arises was that people were conscious that they weren’t getting their money’s worth because they were paying for a bus system that made them late or didn’t even allow them to get on. It also made them question whether they would rather take part in a bit of exercise or spend their money. As all of our interviewees were students they were very concerned with getting the correct value for money.

People’s motivation to use or not use the busses varied. Some of the interviewees didn’t want to walk to University because their walk was up hill or they had a large number of items to carry. Others felt it was too far to walk so they had to get a bus pass and use the bus. Whereas some said that they just walk or cycle so that they know when they have to leave as they won’t get stuck in traffic.

Health & Environment:
Most of the interviewees were aware that the health benefits were far greater if they walked or cycled. Sometimes it made them act on this where as some still chose to get the bus.
Some of the interviewees suggested that Bristol needed more bus lanes to reduce congestion as well as delays. We also thought that if there was more people carpooling then there would be less cars on the road to cause traffic.

The weather is a determining factor on the day of travel for most of our interviewees, if they saw it was raining or it was very cold that day then they would choose to get the bus over cycling or walking. However, they knew that many other people would have the same opinion which meant that the busses would be largely crowded and even delayed. Also, cyclists said that they knew if it was icy it would be too dangerous to cycle so that is why they would take the bus that day.

People used all sorts of technology to tell them how far it would take them to walk to the bus stop, get the bus and walk to University. They also use it to tell them which busses would be coming to their stop, when and if they were delayed or cancelled. They stated that they liked the apps because of the information available to them but they didn’t like how sometimes they were unreliable which made them doubt them. From this, we looked at the walking map of London as an idea to inspire our project.


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