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March 4, 2015

American Commute Still Dominated By Cars

Derek Thompson: “Whatever it is,¬†Americans are 60 percent more likely to bike to work than a decade ago, according to new Census figures. About 800,000 workers pedal to the office every day. That sounds like a lot, compared to, say, the 40,000 people who take a ferry to work (true fact). But it’s a pittance next to the 120 million workers who still prefer the gas pedal of their car.”

  • embo66

    Well, it would help if more communities in this country made it easier to walk, bike, and otherwise get around in something other than a car.

    If you live in a typical suburb — which over half of Americans do — you can largely forget public transportation, especially if you work anywhere but in the nearby downtown center. Even then, these folks are often driving by themselves to a parking lot that connects them with that public network.

    Many suburban neighborhoods lack even sidewalks that make walking or biking safer. Most also have hierarchical road networks (circle or court to side street to larger street to neighborhood entryway to actual road) that require considerable time and effort just to exit them on foot or by bike.

    Of course, exurbs and rural areas are completely dependent on the car, period.

    This nation lost a great deal when it opted for cars and highways over our former rail system.

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