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Car Free in Maine?
Car Free in Maine?
Car Free in Maine?
Car Free in Maine?
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Car Free in Maine?
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Car Free in Maine?

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"Living without a car in a city is one thing, but "CarFree" in Maine? Thats impossible!" …

"Living without a car in a city is one thing, but "CarFree" in Maine? Thats impossible!"
This collection of info-graphics demonstrate not only how car-free (or car-lite) travel can work in Maine, but also argues that it has few other alternatives!

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  • 1. Car Free MaineMaking the ConnectionsSocial Networks Transit Networks 4 1C Wpu 5
  • 2. $Why Car Free? 2
  • 3. “Young people arent simply swapping cars for buses or bikes; they are choosing to own and use other technology instead, such as smartphones and tablet computers.” -www.shareable.com 3"Previous generations found freedom and “Carmakers next problem:flexibility through the car.  But Generation Generation Y People in their teens and twenties are moreYs find their freedom and flexibility by interested in gadgets than cars”staying connected to their friends, familyand workplaces through the various http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39970363/ns/business-autos/information devices - like their laptops, oriphones. “ "They can stay connected on a bus or a train. They can bring the office with them.They can bring their study with them. They ”can bring their friends with them. Theycant if theyre driving." -- Peter Newman, Curtin University, Perth, Australia,quoted in the West Australian, www.humantransit.org Article: http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=144155
  • 4. Monthly Transportation Costs Per Household$1,000.00 ?!!! $750.00 $500.00 Transportation Costs as $250.00 Percentage of Yearly Income $0 50% Waldoboro, Maine Brunswick, Maine Portland Maine Boston Mass 40% Transportation Costs are making rural life impossible for recent 30% graduates and young, working-age adults. 20% 4 2000 Portland ME Region 2008 Data/Calculations from H and T Affordability Index, Center for Neighborhood Technology. www.htaindex.org
  • 5. ■ Rising gas prices have cut nearly one-third of the potential growth in real disposable income, which could have gone to creating more economic activity within the economy, including the travel and tourism industry -AAA Memorial Day 2011 Travel Forecast, IHS Global Insight May 19, 2011 5 Average Family Transportation Spending Budget in New England Memorial Day Weekend 2011 ■ Many Maine residents work a second job solely to pay for transportation to their Accomodations 15% first job! Auto Transportation ■ Most new job growth in Food and Beverages 39% Maine has been in the 20% Tourism/Service Sector Entertainment 9% Shopping Other ■ Even these low-wage jobs 15% 3% have been threatened by oil dependency ■ AAA Memorial Day 2011 Travel Forecast, IHS Global Insight May 19, 2011
  • 6. Retail gasoline prices were almost 40% higher on Memorial Day 2011 than in 2010. According to a recent study by the AAA-The share of expected spending has moved significantly towards fuel costs at the expense of shopping and entertainment. * The graph below illustrates what this means for local communities. } } } Less Money for Less Waitstaff Lost opportunities for Downtown Artist’s, Musicians, Hours and Tips and Creatives Businesses CO2 $ $ Heavier Dependence Higher Carbon More Fossil Fuel on Foreign Oil Emissions Consumption Source- A Memorial Day 2011 Travel Forecast, Prepared for the American Automobile Association by IHS Global Insight May 19th 2011
  • 7. The iPhone is the New Prius 7 -www.shareable.netFor the price of a regular checkup and acouple months of insurance, you can get asmartphone, a transit card and a decentbike and ditch the headaches and the endlessmoney drain that come with even a hybrid.[...] A pocketcomputer complements the carless lifestyle splendidly,and makes the switch easier than ever. One of thegreatest barriers to going carless has traditionally been the with a smartphoneadditional planning required, butat the ready, the information required to $navigate your route is always available. http://www.shareable.net/blog/the-iphone-is-the-new-prius
  • 8. The thought of living in a place which would require me to own a car ever again gives me chills.  Imagine being beholden to a 2,000 pound piece of metal which sucks 15% of your income every month, makes you pudgy, and does bad things to the 8 environment.- CarFree Baltimore Ages 55+ 86% Under 35 Ages 35-44 73% 74% Traveled to Maine in Personal Car 2010 The share of automobile miles driven by people aged 21 to 30 in the U.S. fell to➡ Millennials are choosing to drive less for 13.7% in 2009 from 18.3% in 2001 and 20.8% in 1995environmental reasons. The proportion of people aged 21-30 actually➡ This group would drive even less if they increased from 13.3% to 13.9%could find good alternative sources of Sources KRC Research 10/2010,transportation. 20-somethings went from driving a Department of disproportionate amount of the nations Transportation➡ Car ownership is prohibitively expensive highway miles in 1995 to under-indexing for driving in 2009. Federal Highwayfor many in this age group. Administrations National Household October 2010 Study by KRC Research- Travel Survey Census data
  • 9. • In the City of Boston (not Boston Metro Region Commuters including Cambridge, Newton etc...) almost 92,000 people do not own a vehicle. • Almost 300,000 people 41% commute to work via Public 50% Transportation Regionwide • More than half of all Transit 10% Users are in the 24-44yr/old Age Group • 1/3 of users (100,000) use Car, truck, or van -- drove alone Mobile Transit Apps* Car, truck, or van -- carpooled Public Transportation 9 Statistics from, 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates*Joshua Robin,  Director of Innovation and Special Projects at the MBTA, http://transportationnation.org/2011/05/13/boston- upwards-of-13-of-ridersM-use-transit-app-tools/)

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