Mode split

Observations:

  1. Walking and cycling almost always move more people than transit. Getting people onto trains is nice, but transit’s real powers are its ability to make great, walkable places and its ability to let people get around completely car-free.
  2. The list is selective, but almost moves from poorest to wealthiest–Zurich is still the wealthiest city in the world. (Tropical Singapore is close behind, with high transit use and relatively low walk/bike.)
  3. Climate has little to do with walk/bike share.
  4. “And what the ‘New Urbanism’ really provides is choice. Western Europeans make only half the car trips Americans do — not just because of transit, though that helps, but because density makes it possible for them to walk or bike for routine errands.” – “William Deitrich”:http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2003/0202/cover.html in the Seattle Times, 2/2/03

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