Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Metro Vancouver Trip Survey - Part Three

Today, I’m looking at average trip length and transportation mode by age-group as I continue the review of the TransLink’s 2008 Regional Trip Diary Survey.

One of the more depressing stats about transportation in our region is how the older we become, the less we rely on sustainable transportation. This could be due to the fact that many of the older demographics grew up in the height of car culture and perceive that buses are for losers. I point this out because 50 to 64 year-olds are the least likely to take transit in our region. 31.5% of all trips by people aged 18 to 24 are by transit. That number drops down to 11.7% for people aged 24 to 49. Also depressing is that when people hit the age of 18, they stop walking (27.1% of all trips to 4%)

On to the average trip length: not surprising, but people travel the furthest for work and only travel half the length for all other trips on average.

To Work/Post Secondary: 14.1km
From Work/Post Secondary: 13.9km
During Work: 11.2km
To Grade School: 4.7km
From Grade School: 4.6km
Recreation/Dining/Shopping: 7.4km
Errands: 6.9km

Average Trip Length by Mode
Auto Driver: 10.7km
Auto Passenger: 7.6km
Transit: 12.0km
Bike: 5.3km
Walk: 2.0km
Other: 9.0km

Looking at sustainable transportation, transit should be the mode of choice for getting people to and from work in our region. If we can build more compact, mixed-used community in our region walking and cycling hit the sweet stop for our personal trips. Transit plays a regional transportation role and tomorrow, I’ll take a closer look.

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