Study: Americans are driving less

10:18 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
Bike racks in Market Square. Photo Credit: City of Knoxville
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(WBIR- Knoxville) After six decades of a driving boom, Americans are driving less, according to a new study released this week by the US Public Interest Research Group.

The change is being driven by Millennials, those ages 16 to 34, who like to live in the city center and don't necessarily need or want a car. The study says Millennials drove 23 percent fewer miles on average in 2009 than in 2001.

"They're open to other types of transportation. They want to live in more urbanized areas so they can be close to all the action, and so they're open to using transit, to walking, to bicycling," said Alisa Ashouri, Smart Trips coordinator.

Ashouri says our transportation infrastructure needs to change to better fit the needs of Millennials. According to the study, that means investing more in public transit, and biking and walking trails.

Smart Trips promotes alternatives to driving. Friday it will offer free biscuits and coffee to bikers participating in the national Bike to Work Day. The breakfast is from 7:30 to 8:30 on Market Square.

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