UES Transportation Survey Results

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Upper Green Side conducted a survey with over 200 residents of the Upper East Side about their transportation patterns a views on how to reduce congestion and promote more sustainable modes.

Upper Green Side conducted a survey with over 200 residents of the Upper East Side about their transportation patterns a views on how to reduce congestion and promote more sustainable modes.

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  • 1. UES Transportation Survey Results Upper Green Side Glenn McAnanama, President
  • 2. Background
    • The Transportation sector is a large source of ground level pollution and fossil fuel usage on the Upper East Side.
    • In order to determine what can be done to make transportation on the Upper East Side more sustainable, Upper Green Side decided to study the issue in a survey
    • Upper Green Side received a $1,000 grant from Citizen’s for NYC to conduct a transportation survey
  • 3. Survey Methodology
    • Since the budget for conducting this survey was not enough to cover the costs of a random phone survey, we conducted this survey on the internet.
    • The online tool we used was SurveyMonkey which offered a good flat monthly price and good protections against repeat visits (only one response per IP address)
    • 266 Responses were collected from October to December 2007 with 213 respondents completing all required questions (demographic questions were optional
    • Respondents were recruited using hand flyers that were distributed on the street and postings on our own website as well as Councilmember Garodnick’s and craigslist.
  • 4. How to Use the Results
    • Since the respondents were not randomly recruited for this survey, we tried to make it as representative of the neighborhood as possible comparing to census data.
    • This survey should be used to generally appreciate the balance of opinion on a subject rather than an exact measurement of public opinion within a few percentages
  • 5. Summary of Findings
    • Upper East Side residents have a fairly green transportation profile itself, particularly when compared to the rest of the state & country outside Manhattan. In particular, people are much more likely to walk for daily activites like grocery shopping and take mass transit when commuting to work.
    • However UES residents suffer the ill effects from lots of automobile traffic and congestion - Safety, noise and pollution issues. And they are not happy about it.
    • Generally people here are supportive of congestion pricing and other novel ways of reducing the impact of traffic and congestion
    • A great number of people would consider biking for their daily commute if the infrastructure (lanes, parking, showers) were in place.
  • 6. Mass Transit & Walking Serve As Most Frequent Transportation Modes “In the average week how often would you say that you use…?” N = 241
  • 7. Majority of Residents Use Fixed Dollar Amount Metrocards “ When you use mass transit what type of Metrocard do you normally use?” N = 241
  • 8. Overwhelming Majority of Residents Walk to Buy Groceries “ How do you normally travel to buy groceries?” N = 241
  • 9. Most Local Households Do Not Own An Automobile “ How many automobiles do you own?” N = 241
  • 10. More than Half of Local Households Own At Least 1 Bicycle “How many Bicycles do you own?” N = 241 51.9% Own At Least One Bicycle
  • 11. Residents Overwhelmingly Believe Auto Drivers Should Be Re-Assessed More Frequently “ How often should drivers be re-tested to assess their skills and safety techniques after they receive their license?” N = 209
  • 12. Majority of Commuters Would Bike Some of the Time With Proper Infrastructure “If you had access to on street bike lanes , secure bike parking at home & work , and shower facilities at work , would you ride you commute to work by bicycle at least some of the time?” N = 241 1990 Bike Master Plan Survey: ~50% http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bike/mp.shtml
  • 13. Traffic Jams, Conditions for Cyclists and Overcrowding Top List of Complaints “How much of a problem do you consider the following to?” N = 232
  • 14. Automobile Pollution & Noise, Dangerous Conditions for Cyclists Considered Local Problems “How much of a problem do you consider the following to?” N = 233
  • 15. Noise Most Often Impacts Residents When They Are Walking or Shopping in their Neighborhood “How often does the traffic noise on your street bother you when you are doing the following?” N = 233
  • 16. Subway and Walking are Dominant Modes of Commuting to Work “ If you commute regularly how do you normally travel? N = 172 Bus Commuting not separated in Census
  • 17. Commutes Average a Half Hour Walkers Have Quickest Commute Average Time: 32.8 minutes 23.8 min 36.5 min 35.5 min 32.8 min
  • 18. Walking Most Pleasant Mode of Commuting, Subway Most Unpleasant
  • 19. Traffic Heaviest On Streets Mornings and Afternoons “ At which of these times is the traffic noticeably heavy on your street when you are at home?” N = 232
  • 20. Residents Want Trees, Well Maintained Sidewalks and Bike Lanes on their Streets Which of the following features do you think streets in your neighborhood should have?” N = 209
  • 21. Automobiles Running Red Lights Considered A Very High Priority “Which priority should be given in enforcing these traffic safety laws?” N = 209
  • 22. Local Residents Want Walking, Mass Transit, Cycling Modes to be Encouraged Over Taxis and Personal Autos “Which modes of transportation do you think should be encouraged more or less in your neighborhood?” N = 233
  • 23. Residents Would Target Double Parking and Volume Reductions to Relieve Congestion “ If the city decided to try to reduce the amount of traffic congestion in your neighborhood what do you think would be the better ways to do this??” N = 209
  • 24. Other Suggestions To Relieve Congestion
    • Get traffic agents to actually direct traffic!
    • Make a tow-away zone
    • Create dedicated Bus lanes during certain hours for Bus Rapid Transit
    • Restrict hours cars/trucks can enter Manhattan.
    • Stagger hours for deliveries
    • Decrease traffic cops. They only create more delays.
    • System wide light optimization
    • Institute a fee by zones for all vehicles not owned by residents (as in the City of London)
    • Ticket TAXIS for double parking/stopping in cross walks.tying up traffic.
    • Enforce laws that are in place
    • Tax car ownership
    • Enforce existing laws
    • Require large truck to offload onto small trucks before entering the city center.
    • Permit Parking for Residents
    • Permit Parking for Residents Only
    • Provide more "City Parking Lots" at a reduced price.
    • Ticket aggressively for blocking the box
    • Create a Second Ave. Subway. Also, make buses more efficient.
    • Install 2-way bike lanes on Park Ave
    • Limit construction trucks
    • Only allow cars with 2+ riders to enter Manhattan
    • Enforce current moving violation laws (like blocking the box)
    • TRUCKS AND CONSTRUCITON WORK ONLY AT NIGHT..
    • Find means of decreasing # of cars (e.g., charge tolls/increase existing tolls)
    • Institute HOV requirements at high volume times
    • Have dedicated truck lanes around the city
    • Tax incentives (benefits) for green behavior
    • Sync the lights on York Avenue like they are on 1st Avenue
    • Get rid of unregulated use of valuable real estate for free parking of private cars.
    • Enforce existing laws against double parking
    • BAN ALL TRUCKS LONGER THAN 3 AXELS (6 WHEELS)
    • Congestion pricing, replacing on-street car parking with physically protected bike lanes, bike parking facilities
    • Make the east side bicycle friendly
    • Close 79th st SB entrance to FDR
    • Get people out of their cars and in Pubic Transit
    • Introduce congestion charging like London
    • Reduce parking but don't add traffic lanes (except bike lanes)
    • Reduce double-parking by any means necessary, especially in bus lanes
    • Change the time of street cleaning and alt. side parking
    • Widen sidewalks, create dedicated bike/bus lanes to reduce lanes of auto traffic
    • Charge tolls at every entrance and only allow very limited size trucks access anytime. No through trucks,. Large vehicles destroy the streets and make them noisy and dirty.
    • Make sure traffic agents do their jobs (many stand around)
  • 25. Mass Transit Improvements & Congestion Pricing Means to Reduce Automobiles If the city decided to try to reduce the number of personal automobiles driving through your neighborhood what do you think would be the better ways to do this? (check all that apply) n=198
  • 26. Local Residents Believe that Targeting Automobile Moving Violations and More Visible Crosswalks Keys to Pedestrian Safety “ If the city decided to try to increase pedestrian safety in your neighborhood what do you think would be the better ways to do this?” N = 209
  • 27. Bloomberg’s Performance “How would you rate Mayor Bloomberg’s Performance on…?” n = 209
  • 28. Demographics
  • 29. Demographics: Zip Code “What is your Zip code?” N = 262
  • 30. Demographics: Age “What is your age?” N = 204
  • 31. Demographics: Gender “What is your Gender?” N = 201 Census data: 55% Female 45% Male
  • 32. Demographics Education N=203
  • 33. Demographics Incomes N=169
  • 34. Demographics: Disability “ Do you have a physical disability that prevents you from walking more than a mile?” N = 241 Census Data: 13% With Disability