More Californians walking, biking, using public transportation

The percentage of Californians who are walking, biking or using public transportation has more than doubled since the year 2000, according to a review by the California Household Travel Survey. “Based on this research, we can make good decisions about transportation that will improve mobility, air quality, and travel choices for all Californians and make our state a better place to live and work,” said Malcolm Dougherty, director of Caltrans. Performed from January 2012 through February 2013, the study aimed to take a snapshot of the transportation habits of 109,000 persons from more than 42,000 households in 58 California counties. It found that nearly 23 percent of household trips were taken by foot, bike or mass transit, up from 11 percent in 2000. "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 Mart D. Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board. "California is committed to supporting this shift with better planning to support sustainable communities and healthier, low-carbon choices for travel." The largest of its kind, the study has been conducted every decade since 1991. Read it at http://dot.ca.gov/hq/tsip/otfa/tab/documents/chts_finalreport/FinalReport.pdf.
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