One of the beauties of the
Streetsblog Network (now with 411
members) is that it gives us a pavement-level view of what’s
happening in communities that are mostly glossed over by both mainstream
media and what might be termed the mainstream blogosphere. Places like
Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
You might not think of Sioux Falls as a community where there’s a
movement for active transportation. But a post today on The
MinusCar Project, our member blog in that prairie city, has some
encouraging news. Not only is city government looking seriously at
improving bicycle facilities, but a survey taken for a long-range
transportation plan shows favorable trends (click on the chart to
The City has begun a process to write the next Long Range
Transportation Plan. This plan endeavors to envision transportation
through 2035. The next 25 years.
To begin the process a survey was used to measure current thinking
about and use of the transportation system. This is third time this
survey has been used in Sioux Falls since 1999, so some trend data is
And the trends are looking remarkably MINUSCAR!
a four point drop for single occupant automobiles
a steady rise in carpooling
a steady rise in walking
a steady rise in biking
The MinusCar Project has been around since May 2005, an eternity in
blog years. And what might have seemed like a radical idea back in that
time and place — to minimize car use and maximize other forms of
transport — is apparently appealing to more and more people. Even in
places like Sioux Falls.
More from around the network: Boston
Biker has some good news about bike parking infrastructure. Shareable
looks at the future of bike-sharing. And Urban Velo
posts about a sweet bike portrait project in South Africa.