A recent survey conducted about Pima County’s Clean Air Campaign revealed some interesting data, which shows cycling for transportation remains largely unchanged from 2008 when the report was last done.
The cycling numbers rise in some instances (using a bike for short errands) and falls in others (riding to work or school.) The data does suggest the most important factor in getting people out of cars and into alternative modes is purely financial.
The survey was conducted in early June and randomly interviewed people 16 and older by phone.
According to the report, 52 percent of the respondents were aware of the county’s clean air campaign.
Here are several interesting questions, many of them directly related to cycling. The report is full of interesting data. You can download the entire thing here.
Below are the most interesting data points:
- 57 percent of the people were aware of Bike to Work Day, which was down slightly from 61 percent in 2008. Respondents in the northwest part of the region were the most familiar with Bike to Work Day. People in the south had the lowest rate of familiarity.
- However, awareness about Bike Fest was up substantially. In 2008, the first time the question was asked, only 30 percent were aware of the event. This year, 53 percent knew about Bike Fest.
- This year, 34 percent of the people asked were familiar with Walk and Roll to School Day, which is basically unchanged from 2008.
- Fewer people were aware of Bike to the Zoo Day. This year, 20 percent of the respondents knew about the event, which is up from 10 percent in 2008.
- 13 percent are aware of Cyclovia. The majority of the people familiar were residents who live in the central part of the city.
- 53 percent said learning how alternative modes of transportation could save them money would encourage them to change the way they get around. This was most important to people in southern ZIP codes.
- 25 percent said information about how alternative modes could improve air quality would encourage them to consider using another form of transportation. This is down slightly from 2008.
- 24 percent said knowing how alternative modes could improve their health was an important factor to getting them to utilize another transportation mode.
- 64 percent said they are driving less because of higher gas prices.
- 48 percent said they are driving less to reduce pollution.
- Five percent of the people who are driving less because of gas prices are walking to work or school.
- Four percent of people who are driving less because of gas prices are using their bikes for short trips. This is down from 10 percent in 2008.
- Of people who said they use alternative modes of transportation, 54 percent walk for short trips and errands.
- Of people who said they use alternative modes of transportation, 31 percent said they ride their bikes for short trips and errands. This is up from 29 percent in 2008
- 17 percent also report using their bikes for transportation more often.
- Of people who said they use alternative modes of transportation, 15 percent report walking to work.
- Of people who said they use alternative modes of transportation, 15 percent report riding their bikes to work.
- Overall, seven percent said they rode their bikes to work or school, down from 8 percent in 2008.
- 2,739,932 miles are saved each day by the use of alternative travel modes in Pima County.