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Study: People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes the Most

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    Study: People Who Bike or Walk to Work Enjoy Their Commutes the Most

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    by Angie Schmitt

    This news will surprise no one who has discovered the joy that is setting off to work on two wheels, but new research out of Portland State University found that people who bike to work enjoy their commutes the most. People who walk to work are close behind on the commute satisfaction scale.

    The finding is based on a survey of commuters from the region conducted by Ph.D candidate Oliver Smith. Jonathan Maus at Network blog Bike Portland heard about the study at a happy hour/transportation geek-out put on by Portland State University’s urban planning school, where students shared research they had recently presented at the Transportation Research Board in D.C.:

    READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2013/01/31/study-people-who-bike-or-walk-to-work-enjoy-their-commutes-the-most/



    From the article;
    Smith’s research also found that people who make over $75,000 per year, and people who are happy with their job and housing situation were more likely to report a high commute well-being.

    I AM happy with my job and housing situation…



    My experience in Columbus is most people consider public transit primarily an option for the poor, handicaped, and students. Any plan for improvement needs to break that mold. Somehow we’ve got to stop continuously subsidizing more and more people driving (by building bigger and bigger freeways and parking lots), and send a bit more on ways to get around more sustainably. It will only happen if people think it’s for them, not for someone else.
    When I recently judged a Jr High competition of what cities of the future would look like, they all included major public transit. Somehow they get it, but their parents don’t.



    The U.S. Cities Where the Fewest Commuters Get to Work By Car
    EMILY BADGEROCT 28, 2013

    The Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma recently dug through the latest Census metrics on how Americans commute to work, a dataset locally notable for the fact that Tulsa and Oklahoma City don’t compare all that well. Relative to the 60 largest cities in America, Oklahoma City ranks last in the share of commuters – 2.2 percent of them – who get to work by biking, walking or transit. That’s as much a reflection of the design of the city as the preferences of its commuters: Simply put, Oklahoma City was built for cars.

    READ MORE: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/10/us-cities-where-fewest-commuters-get-work-car/7390/

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