Benjamin Farniok writes in the Minnesota Daily “Minnesotans driving less, biking and walking more A study shows Minnesotans were traveling less in 2010 than in 2000.”
Minnesotans aren’t traveling as much as in past years, according to a study by University of Minnesota researchers released earlier this month.
The findings may inform decisions regarding future transportation infrastructure and policy.
Overall, Minnesotans aren’t traveling as often because of demographic and economic changes, said David Levinson, a civil engineering professor and the project’s primary investigator.
The number of trips people took each day, including biking and walking, decreased from 11.6 million in 2000 to 9.8 million in 2010.
Levinson also said that more 16- to 18-year-olds are holding off getting their driver’s license, and in total there are fewer licensed drivers per household today than in 1970.
Bicycle trips also increased 13 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the survey, although women do not bike as much as men.
“A common argument against this kind of research is, ‘Why does it matter that women are not biking as much as men?’ … We can see, from the fact that there is a difference, that our transportation system isn’t serving people’s needs in the same way,” said Jessica Schoner, a graduate student who worked on the project.
There were a number of issues in comparing the surveys, Schoner said. For example, the 2010 study surveyed more people and also asked different questions, she said, which could have changed how the data is presented.
This is about the Travel Behavior Over Time study, which is coming out “later this year”.