Americans prefer to walk more. Why don't they?
Almost half of all trips under a half-mile are made using a vehicle. Distance to stores, restaurants, and schools is the main reason offered by Americans as to why they more often opt to take their car instead of walk.
A national poll by the Surface Transportation Policy Project showed:
- 55% of Americans would prefer to walk more, instead of driving
- 84% would like to use transportation funds to design streets that are safe for pedestrians
Large majorities of Americans support policies to ensure the safety of walkers and to make their communities more walkable. The most popular policies focus on reducing speeding – tougher enforcement of the speed limit and designing streets with more sidewalks and safe crossings to reduce speeding.