6.7 Miles Per Day Per Person

That’s the plan.

That’s how many passenger-car miles per person we have to average in 2050 to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. Today’s number is 18.5, up from 17.4 in 1990.

That’s just one metric from the new Climate Action Plan issued Friday by the City of Portland and Multnomah County. The plan calls for substantial restructuring of transportation and land use (including building out the Bicycle Master Plan and Streetcar System Plan being featured in open houses later this month).

I’ve picked out one number to stir the pot here, but in fact I think the plan is a masterpiece. It clearly and compellingly spells out the actions necessary on a broad array of fronts to combat (and prepare for) climate change.

I’ll bet this one wins some awards!

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