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.

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/15augtvt/figure1.cfm

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More Peak Driving

Continuation of recent trend suggesting American driving may have peaked.

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/14martvt/figure1.cfm

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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 | 9news.com.

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..

via http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/13jantvt/index.cfm

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[Mexico vs. USA en vivo ahora..]



69.1%

Saw this first at http://www.cyclelicio.us

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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via http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/12dectvt/12dectvt.pdf

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It would be cool if this were true

Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 13% in the past five years, because of new energy-saving technologies and a doubling in the take-up of renewable energy, the report compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) said.

via US carbon emissions fall to lowest levels since 1994 | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Nah. It’s because we’re driving less. Look at the VMT chart. The drop in emissions is mainly due to the bad economy, not renewable energy.



Light Vehicle Sales

…with vehicle miles traveled in yellow.

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What rhymes with fiscal

vmt oct12

Figure 1 – Moving 12-Month Total on All Highways – October 2012 Traffic Volume Trends – Travel Monitoring and Traffic Volume – OHPI – FHWA.



VMT versus Brent
November 13, 2012, 23:48
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click to enlarge

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Fuel economy in the U.S.

via http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9542#more

The recent drop in oil consumption is not due to increases in fuel efficiency.



VMT graph is broken
September 26, 2012, 22:30
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Interesting times, exhibit 67.

Via http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/12jultvt/index.cfm



VMT still busted

The latest govt. numbers. April ’12 down a little over April ’11. 53 months and counting.



Related to VMT: public transit use up in 2012

And another USA Today story…

He says ridership on what’s called heavy rail — subways and elevated trains — increased in 14 of the 15 systems that have such transit. Use of light rail — streetcars and trolleys — rose in 25 of the 27 cities that have it. And 34 of 37 large cities saw increases in bus ridership.

via Use of public transit is soaring in 2012 – USATODAY.com.



VMT tax is being kicked around

A tax based on miles driven. This also seems to imply GPS tracking of individual vehicles. Politicians can’t even propose an increase in the gas tax which is unreasonably low. So don’t hold your breath on a VMT tax with privacy issues.

The efforts are being prompted by the fact that gasoline taxes no longer provide enough money to pay for roads and bridges — especially when Congress and many state legislatures are reluctant to increase taxes imposed on each gallon. The federal tax of 18.4 cents a gallon hasn’t been raised in nearly two decades. More than half the states have not raised their gas tax this millennium. Fuel-efficiency also is behind the efforts. Electric-powered vehicles are growing in numbers.

We can hear about gains in ‘efficiency’ because that’s something the politicians want to take credit for.

What the politicians/media studiously ignore, for reasons I’ll leave you to ponder: VMT (vehicle miles traveled) has been below its previous peak for about 4 years, after climbing almost uninterrupted for a half century or more, which is remarkable. People are driving less. Probably this has a great deal to do with the increase in people sitting on their couches instead of going to jobs; the demography of our aging population; and the cultural shift away from teen driving; as well as the price of fuel.

via States explore new ways to tax motorists for road repair – USATODAY.com.



Vehicle Miles Traveled up slightly in February

+ 1.8% Over Feb. 2011…

Moving 12-month total.

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/travel_monitoring/12febtvt/12febtvt.pdf



49 Months

VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) up slightly in December relative to last December, but down overall for the year, and below its previous peak now for 49 months. With fuel prices on the rise it doesn’t look like it will break above that for quite some time — if ever.

But what do I know.. People are buying cars again. It’s Halftime in America and “the SUV is back.”

From the DOT:

The whole pdf here



British drivers buy less fuel
January 2, 2012, 17:05
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Drivers cut short journeys by 165 miles to beat fuel costs – Telegraph.

The headline of the article (concerning ‘the Why’) is an editorialization not entirely supported by the facts within it. Interesting.



Study shows fewer young Americans bothering to get driver’s license
January 1, 2012, 21:20
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Thought update: Decline in teen driving could very well be the big reason behind the decline in road fatalities in the US, which has gone begging for a proper explanation. As the average US driver ages, the driving population also becomes much safer — just like the cycling population. (Very old drivers are probably more likely than teen drivers to crash, however.)

http://ur.umich.edu/1112/Dec05_11/2933-fewer-young-but

But there are more fogies on the roads.