News People Love Biking, Hate Long Commutes
posted by May 8 at 13:57 PMon
According to a new study by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, biking and walking are the most popular forms of commute—those most associated with the statement “I like my commute.” The study (via Grist) also found that commute satisfaction correlates directly with commute time, regardless of whether the commute is in a car or on transit.
People, in other words, don’t like long commutes, no matter what mode they’re commuting on. The solutions, at least for transit, are expensive but not particularly complex: Reduce the number of transfers required to get around by transit; reduce headways (the time between trains or buses) and improve reliability; make trains and buses easier to board and more comfortable; provide real-time information about when transit will be arriving; integrate fares between transit systems; make stations comfortable and dry. Each improvement reduces the perceived “cost” of taking transit, making transit more appealing relative to driving alone.