Margherita Pryor of the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition asked me to share this article on the changing landscape of transportation in California. If you have news articles that you'd like us to share, you can send them to us at twitter @transportpvd or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Californians prefer climate-friendly transport
Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The percentage of California residents walking, biking or using public transportation on an average day has more than doubled since 2000, according to results from a survey by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
According to the "California Household Travel Survey," while only 11 percent of household trips were taken by walking, biking and public transportation in 2000, that figure has now increased to nearly 23 percent -- including a steep rise in walking trips, which almost doubled from 8.4 percent to 16.6 percent of trips.
"This increasing interest in many transportation choices is another reason why we are on the path to more sustainability in California," State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. "Caltrans will continue improving the state's transportation system to help ensure Californians have many viable choices for how to travel."
The survey participants recorded where, when and how they traveled on one random day. The average number of trips per household was 9.2, and the average number of trips per person was 3.6.
"Californians are increasingly choosing alternatives to driving a car for work and play. That's a shift with real benefits for public health that also cuts greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution," said California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. "California is committed to supporting this shift with better planning to support sustainable communities and healthier, low-carbon choices for travel" (Matt Brown, Santa Rosa [Calif.] Press Democrat, March 10).
This trend is nationwide, and Providence had better get on board with it!