Who Drove Alone to Work

Here’s a follow-up to the previous post about gas prices. It’s good to see the number of commuters who drove alone dropped a small amount from 2007 to 2008, but the figures are still shockingly high. It’s telling that the lowest number in the legend is “less than 75.0 percent”.

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7 Responses to “Who Drove Alone to Work”

  • John says:

    It is sad that the lowest number in the legend is “less than 75%” but I’m impressed that Pacific states (and Montana!) dominate this demographic. I wouldn’t have expected California, king of strip malls, to have made that grade (I say this having grown up in the bay area).

  • greenobike says:

    How to lie with maps and statistics… If you look at the actual numbers – not just the percentage – california is over 12,000,000. Next is texas at 8,000,000; florida at 6,000,000; then new york, pennsylvania, illinois, ohio at 4,000,000. west virginia is barely 600,000. Yes, california and texas are still the biggest problems.

  • John says:

    Greenobike, your numbers are by the pure total numbers, but California also has a higher population than anywhere else in the nation too. So, they are offending at a much lower rate than other states. The map is using an appropriate statistic for comparison: percentage.

  • Allan says:

    I didn’t realize it until i moved out to the PacNW, but we consider a good chunk of MT (And they do too more specifically) part of the PacNW

  • andrew says:

    i am nuts to bo out on my 3 wheeled limb. a pecan. a walnut. a pistachio. filbert. cashew. brazil. i get a massive shot in the damn arm when i see a 3 wheeled car on the road.
    when i saw a parade of bikes go by, waiting for the max train, (it was part of the freakbikes fest,
    and there was this beautiful homebuilt semi recumbent, tallbikes, a bodysocked easy racer, a couple unicycles, etc) it made my dormant soul happy. i am going into dormancy for the winter.
    but the 4 wheels will go on and on and on..damn i crave dormancy. i would brave an alaskan life part of the year for it. but fortunately i have discovered rocking chairs and that does the trick.
    as for the spectre of endless traffic, i have found jazz music to be the mighty refuge for that.

  • Duncan Watson says:

    The figures are very high for all states. We need a lot of infrastructure work as a carrot and regulations and obstacles for motor vehicle traffic as the stick to fix this.

  • Roberto Rodz. says:

    don’t forget puerto rico is not a state…it’s a colony of the u.s. since 1898 and it’s about time that p.r. gets rid of the yankee colonial system imposed on them since then. did i hear someone say “gi’me liberty”?

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