My two cents is that if people want to do this, fine, but no rational social policy would focus on making it easy.
Tuesday’s Trib looks at commuting by car in our region from several points of view:
- Which commute is the worst
- Suburban traffic presents a few twists
- Traffic jams don ‘t stop the data flow
My favorite statistic from this collection of stories is quoted by Rex Burkholder: the average commute in 1990 was ten miles, in 2000 it was seven miles. It seems to me that our effort (i.e., the 2040 plan) to reorganize the region to let people lead their lives in a more compact and sustainable fashion is making some progress.
The folks who promote dual-mode transportation should be happy to see this development, it’s the next step on the way to their concept: a car that parks itself, or even handles itself in stop-and-go traffic. Read all about it from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.
Hat tip to Dave Brook.
Over at BikePortland.org, there’s an interesting discussion going on about repurposing some of the asphalt in our region. I encourge you to check it out and join the discussion there.