PEST (People for Ecologically Sustainable Transport) was created by a small group of transport activists in 1996 to promote the need for an ecologically sustainable transport system. A transport system that greatly reduces road congestion, oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and increases the level of incidental exercise in travelling from A to B.
A transport system, not dependent on cars and SUV’s, that would ensure that the car industry becomes terminally ill at about the same time as the oil industry, due to the terminal decline in world crude oil production, known as peak oil.
PEST members write letters to politicians and newspapers; make submissions to government inquiries and planning studies and present papers at transport planning conferences.
The subjects covered in letters, articles and submissions include:
· Bicycle planning and ecologically sustainable transport in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
· Making walking and cycling safer: lessons for Australia from the Netherlands experience.
· Making walking and cycling safer: by reducing urban speed limits and banning bull bars in urban areas.
· The integration of bicycles and the public transport system including the need for theft and vandal proof bicycle parking at rail stations and modal interchanges.
· The evolution of the Chinese and Japanese electric power assisted bicycle industry.
· Electric bicycles reduce oil dependence and pollution, are potential economic users of solar electricity and enhance the mobility of the elderly and partially disabled.
· Unsustainable transport trends in the Census data for the journey to work from 1976 to 2006 in Australia and New Zealand.
· The health benefits of bicycle and electric bicycle riding.
· The end of suburbia: what happens when the cheap oil is gone and what are the public health implications.
· Uncontrolled oil dependence is a threat to national security that could destroy the economy and increase CO2 emissions.