It seems a demographic crunch is decimating the suburban mythos of independent living. It seems that the ‘burbs, with their car-dominated infrastructure is running into a massive shortfall in terms of getting the mobility challenged around. I know, why is a bike blog interested in this? Because one of the major problems with North American transit infrastructure has been its single-mode orientation – to the exclusion of public transit and bicycle infrastrucutres just to name two. For many a bicycle is not an option and I’m not going to suggest pedal cabs as a solution (well not this week at any rate). Frankly I don’t care if you walk, run, pogo-stick, etc all the way to the local library. Multi-modal transit (or just plain “getting around without a car” to us mere mortals) is increasingly demonstrating its relevance. But what is interesting  is that the North American suburb is once again facing increasing pressure to transform or die. This is the reason why I’m interested in it. If suburban models of dealing with transportation and community design are changing then how  they adapt is as important as what they choose to adopt as appropriate adaptation.  Which brings us to this whopper of a demographic red-flag:

40% of Americans who rely on public transit live in rural areas and small towns. And those folks—which include large numbers of elderly, disabled, and low income riders—typically have very few options for getting around.

 

 

40% of Americans Who Rely on Public Transit Live in Rural Areas : TreeHugger

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