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Is the Cost of Gas Leading Americans to Use Alternative Transportation?

The purpose of this survey was to examine older Americans’ perceptions of their communities, their support for complete street policies, and the likelihood of their using alternative transportation as gasoline prices rise. Results from this survey of Americans age 50+ show that while many are exploring other means of transportation, neighborhood infrastructure is less than optimal. 

The study found that:

  • Four in ten respondents (40%) said they have walked more frequently, rode a bicycle, or used public transportation since gas prices have risen.
  • More than one-quarter of respondents (29%) indicated that they are walking more frequently to get where they need to go.
  • Almost all respondents are concerned about gas prices. More than two-thirds of respondents (67%) have limited their daily driving and more than six in ten (61%) have cut back on other expenses in order to accommodate high gas prices. 

This study is based on a national telephone survey of 1,006 randomly selected adults aged 50 and older conducted by ICR during July 9- 15, 2008. For additional information, contact Laura Skufca, M.A., at 202-434-6285. (10 pages)

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