Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New report on economic potential of bike commuting

Deloitte University Press recently published a report on modern transportation options: Smart mobility: Reducing congestion and fostering faster, greener, and cheaper transportation options.

The study showed that bike commuting could significantly alleviate congestion and save commuters money. What is needed are significant improvements to bike infrastructure and promotion of bike commuting. In an ideal scenario in which employees living within 5 miles of work commuted by bike 2-3 days a week, it's possible to reduce vehicle miles traveled by 13.1 billion and to achieve mobility savings of $27.6 billion.

Also included in the report is an interactive map of the U.S. showing bike commuting potential (1-5 miles), investments in bike infrastructure, and where bike sharing exists or is planned.

Bike Commuting Potential - 2 mile commutes
Bike Infrastructure
Existing or planned bike sharing system

We were interviewed by the authors, who featured Fairfax County in the report:
The areas with higher concentrations of potential bike commuters cluster around suburban “edge cities” containing commercial centers such as Reston, Tysons Corner, Herndon, Manassas, and Woodbridge. The identity of some of the “hot spots” may be counterintuitive, particularly Tysons Corner, which used to be a national symbol of car-friendly and congested development. But these areas are typical of what we found in our nationwide study, and “bikeability” now forms a major part of Tysons Corner’s long-term development plan.

Medium-density suburban neighborhoods located one to three miles away from thriving commercial developments offer surprisingly good opportunities for increasing bike ridership. Further down the I-267 Dulles Tollway is Reston Town Center, another car-friendly suburb that has begun planning for 13 bikeshare stations to sustain its economic growth and attract younger residents.

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