As we are trying harder and harder to get people to be greener and put multiple efforts toward sustaining energy and not polluting, a recent survey by Caltrans has revealed that people walking, biking, or using public transportation has more than doubled since the year 2000. In the survey taken, it shows that 23 percent of the trips that were taken by households were taken without using a vehicle. There were a total of 42, 431 California households that completed the survey.
It looks like focus will need to move on to more options for transportation other than roadways. With the ever increasing amount of people walking, biking, and using public transportation, we may need to work on improving traveling conditions not just for people on roadways but those who are using other means as well.
It will be very important for active transportation projects to take place to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths to further encourage people to use these modes of transportation to continue to decrease the pollution caused by automobiles.
The Caltrans report revealed that: The portion of public transportation trips doubled from 2.2 percent to 4.4 percent, the percentage of bicycle trips nearly doubled from .8 percent to 1.5 percent, and auto trips declined from 60.2 percent to 49.3 percent. Californians have already taken a big step by majorly increasing their traveling by walking, biking, and using public transportation. So it is critical that the state allot funding to improve travel conditions for those using these forms of travel.
The purpose of the survey conducted by Caltrans is to allow them to prepare travel demand models to forecast 2015, 2020, 2035, and 2040 Greenhouse Gas emissions and enable Senate Bill 375 implementation. Senate Bill 375 basically is in support of the State’s goals in significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by planning transportation and land use to hopefully have more sustainable communities. The survey will help analyze the impact of air pollution on health and determine the need of State Air Toxics Programs at the State and local Air Pollution Control or air Quality Management District levels.
California residents have already started making changes to contribute to reducing air pollution, so now it’s up to the state to continue with projects to promote the growth in sustainable communities.