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?