Efficient Transportation

Goal 2: Encourage alternate forms of transportation, such as bicycling and walking
Source: Planning Department     ET Goal2     4/15/2014
About this measure:
The information for this indicator comes from the American Community Survey which is collected and compiled annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. The mode choice by commuters is impacted by many different factors including, but not limited to fuel prices, travel time, infrastructure conditions and availability, education, convenience, income, weather, parking (for bike or vehicle), cultural norms, availability of showers/lockers at work and overall personal preference. Because of this range of factors, impacting the commuting decision by residents is complex and multi-faceted. One such factor, the price of fuel, can be seen as heavily impacting the commute mode choice in 1980 when fuel was very expensive and over 37% of the population was commuting by a means other than the single occupant vehicle. As cheap gas became increasingly available over the next two decades, we saw the number of people commuting by modes other than the single occupant vehicle decline to about 19% until 2000 and has remained steady through 2011. However, bicycle commuting has increased in Lincoln by 80% since 2000.
Why this is important:
Encouraging more residents to utilize commuting methods other than the single occupant vehicle is important to enhance economic development and diversification, help build community ties, improve quality of life through the freedom of choice and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Further, an increased number of trips using non-single occupant vehicle modes reduces the number of vehicles on roadways and therefore reduces congestion and traffic delays, improves air quality, and enhances access to jobs and schools.
What is being done:
The Planning Department, along with many other departments, has worked extensively with the general public, civic groups as well as City and County departments over the past several years to develop an updated Comprehensive Plan (LPLan 2040), an updated 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/plan/lplan2040/index.htm) and the new Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Plan. All of these plans lay out steps for the City and County to take to increase options available for safe, convenient and cost effective transit, cycling and walking choices. Continued development of the trail system and street projects to enhance the transit, walking and biking networks when funding is available also contribute to a more robust and efficient transportation system. Further, a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study is underway to identify the most appropriate travel programs for Lincoln.