When most people think of transportation, they think about vehicles. However, many people use other modes of transportation instead of or in addition to vehicles. Community input related to all modes of transportation is important as the City develops its multimodal transportation plan.
Multimodal... more than a buzz word!
In this context, the term "mutimodal" simply means all modes of transportation.
When most people think of transportation, they think about vehicles and streets. However, many people don't drive - youth, some seniors, disabled individuals, and those that maybe can't afford to own a car. In fact, data suggests that in a typical community 20-40% of the total population can't drive.
That said, 70-90% of trips are made by automobile and this supports why we tend to focus on improving roads with less focus on other modes such as walking, biking, riding the bus, carpooling, etc. As a result, our sidewalks and pathways are not well maintained and many gaps exist. We haven't updated our truck routes in nearly 20 years. Our street maintenance budget is not keeping up with much needed repairs. The list goes on.
We are in the process of updating our multimodal transportation plan and are asking for your help. The purpose of the plan is to bring together all of the data and community feedback on all forms of transportation to answer What, Where, How, and When. That effort enables the City to prioritize improvements and to budget for them accordingly. The plan also helps obtain outside dollars (grants) to fund projects. This survey is one of the tools we will use to inform this effort. We ask you to assist us with 15 minutes of your time to share your thoughts.
The list of transportation issues continues to grow and that list is not limited to vehicles. Multimodal = looking at all of the ways in which people travel.