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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Student Essay - Reducing the need to travel is the only way to reduce traffic problems. Do you agree? – by Lee Hyeok, Year 11, Sayfol International School



Reducing the need to travel is the only way to reduce traffic problems. Do you agree? – by Lee Hyeok, Year 11, Sayfol International School

In the past, there were very few people who owned cars because the car was too expensive for most people to buy. People in those days would walk or take public transportation. Thus, there weren’t severe traffic problems in cities at that time. However, technology has improved a lot nowadays, which has caused increased traffic in cities. I agree to some extent that reducing the need for people to travel from home for work, education or shopping can reduce the amount of traffic in cities today but I do not believe that it is the only way.

First of all, I agree that reducing the need for people to travel would ease the problem because nowadays, a lot of jobs such as writing, data-entry or designing can be done at home due to improved technology. Even meetings can be done through tele-conferencing on home computers. Moreover, students can learn at home by using computers or the television. Lastly, people can order almost anything online or over the phone these days. Thus, if people do not need to use cars, traffic would definitely decrease. 

However, this is not the only way to solve the problem. There are many other ways to reduce traffic. Firstly, by encouraging people to use public transportation such as the subway or buses, there will be fewer cars on the roads. To promote the use of public transportation, there need to be better vehicles, more frequent services and more stations. Furthermore, the government could enforce carpooling in certain congested areas like what is being done in the Central Business District of Singapore. 

In summary, reducing the need for people to travel is a good method to reduce the amount of traffic in cities. However, there are many other ways to reduce the number of cars on the roads – such as improving public transportation and encouraging carpooling. Therefore, I do not believe that reducing the need for people to travel is the only way to reduce the amount of traffic in cities.

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