High Country News, an independent news organization that reports on the West’s natural resources, public lands, and changing communities asked people on the street in Portland to talk about why they’re not driving a car. Portlanders obliged:
Portland’s commuting stats are compared Phoenix, which has followed a different approach to development:
About 13 percent of Portland’s population uses public transportation, 5 percent walks, and 5 percent uses bikes and other alternative modes. Ten percent carpools and 61 percent is still stuck behind the wheel, driving alone. Compare these figures to the Phoenix statistics: 73 percent has a solo commute, 16 percent carpools, 4 percent uses public transportation, 2 percent walks and 2 percent uses bikes and other alternative means.
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