In a new report by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), Madison is embracing alternatives to driving. According to the report, Madison is second in the nation for an increase in bike commuting and third in the nation for a decrease in driving. From 2006 to 2011, we have had an 18% decrease in vehicle-miles traveled and an 88% increase in bike ridership.
The report also commended Madison for the "extensive network of bike lanes and a comprehensive bus system complete with turn lanes exclusively for bikes and buses, diagonal bike crossings, bike lanes that change locations during rush hour, bike boxes (that allow cyclists to ride to the front of cars waiting at a red light), and streets that are two-way for cyclists but one-way for cars."
We are not done! We will continue to improve Madison's rating by continuing to increase public transit, and access to bicycle routes, and ensuring that all basic needs are within walking distance of every neighborhood so that residents can walk more and drive less.
To get the full report, read the "Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America's Biggest Cities" report.