Industrialized Cyclist Notepad

Americans Driving More Than Ever Before

After a few years of sweet reversal of the VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) chart, then a few years of bouncing along what looked like a New Normal, things have turned around in a big way. Cheap gas being the primary culprit. Back to our old ways just like that, and making up for lost time.


More Peak Driving

Continuation of recent trend suggesting American driving may have peaked.


miles driven in Colorado

Just like everywhere else…

DENVER – A new report from the Colorado Public Interest Research Foundations shows Coloradans have cut their per-person driving miles by 11.4 percent since 2005.

via Report: Double-digit drop in driving in Colorado |

Since 2005. But is it headed back up compared to last year?

Young whippersnappers just not that into driving these days

Meanwhile, The Least Greatest Generation drives more.

Indeed, young people don’t seem that interested in driving. Just 79 percent of people between 20 and 24 had a driver’s license in 2011, compared with 92 percent in 1983, according to the Michigan study.

Conversely, the oldest boomers are trooping down to the Department of Motor Vehicles in growing numbers to remain licensed to drive. Almost 93 percent of those age 60 to 64 had a driver’s license in 2011, up from 84 percent in 1983.

via Boomers Replace Their Children as No. 1 Market for Autos – Bloomberg.

The X-Axis
March 26, 2013, 19:14
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Notice anything weird about this VMT chart (other than its unusual downward trend that is)? I never noticed it before..



[Mexico vs. USA en vivo ahora..]


Saw this first at

The new definition of 40%.

The 2009 study [National Household Travel Survey] showed 40 percent of trips recorded by more than 300,000 participants were two miles or less.

The statistic incorporated all forms of transportation — cars, bicycles, subways and more, said Doug Hecox, a spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration.


If one simply focuses on car trips, the percentage of short trips increases significantly.

According to the research, 69.1 percent of trips were two miles or less, Hecox said.

via Driving When You Could Bike: Fact Check – Voice of San Diego: San Diego Fact Check.

No recovery in sight for VMT
February 25, 2013, 07:39
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