Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Price of gas and miles of driving

We came across a recent post on A Practical Cyclist describing a New York Times graphic showing the relationship between the price of gas and the number of miles driven in the U.S. Each year is represented by a point along a line. The line shows the price of gas and the miles driven per capita. From 1960 to today the number of miles driven per year has increased from about 4,000 to just under 10,000. When gas was cheap, between 1986 and 2003 the number of miles driven per year increased from around 7,500 to around 10,000. With the rise in the price of gas in 2005 the number of miles driven slowly decreased. Even after the decrease in gas prices miles driven decreased.

I wonder how much of that increase in miles driven is attributable to parents driving their kids to school? The number of kids walking and biking to school has decreased steadily since 1960. Between 1969 and 2001 the percentage of kids who walked or biked to school decreased from 43% to 16%.

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