1-Mile Solution In The News

Well, sort of. While not mentioned by name, the 1-Mile Solution is central to an article in USA Today today (hmmmm… or is it an article today in USA Today?). It concerns how the design of cities can ease the cost of travel. The nut graph re: the 1-MS:

The way to cut back on driving miles in a city isn’t by reducing commutes, says Carol Coletta, president and CEO of the group.

“What adds up is all those small trips, which are much shorter and not as necessary,” she says. “The question is, how do we make the city a place where we don’t have to drive as much or as often?”

And there you have it. According to statistics I cited in my blog essay on the 1-MS, 28 percent of all car trips in the U.S. are to destinations within a mile of home.

At a national average of $3.60 per gallon ($3.24 in Springfield today), that walk to a friend’s house or that bicycle ride to the¬†grocery¬†has got to start looking pretty good about now.

Now, what can we do to design that trip into the system, into the built environment?

In Springfield, we’re working on The Link and a sign-number system for the bicycle route system (with sharrows).

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Comments 3

  1. Robert wrote:

    I just spent three hours planning a walkability audit of Ozark. Ive never seen a community more poorly planned. I can tell you more “off line” but they desperately need something to get locals thinking about these issues. So far there is only one person signed up for the Livable Streets training. I hope that changes.

    Posted 23 Mar 2011 at 12:33 am
  2. Rick Scarlet wrote:

    All the candidates in Springfield are talking about being business friendly. I think they have been to friendly to developers and that is what has got us into this mess. Development needs to be planned and coordinated with the city. No more building streets just so some developer can sell boxes out in a hay field.

    Posted 23 Mar 2011 at 9:50 am
  3. A.J. wrote:

    There are some pretty great comment on that USA Today article. Who knew urban density choice in transportation is anti freedom and a government plot?

    Rick, Urban Sprawl seems a lot like prositution in that it’s more effective to punish the market than the supply. Fuel prices will be doing that shortly.

    Posted 24 Mar 2011 at 10:14 am