Montclarions are gas guzzling, good ‘ole Americans. We talk a good game about being green, but I see villagers pouring onto the highways daily.
Here are sobering stats about everyone living in the 94611 zip. Some 61% of residents are employed outside Alameda County, and 25% spend more than 45 minutes getting to work.
We’re headed to all compass points, and 62% drive alone to their jobs. Local traffic patterns bear this out, with the exodus hitting its stride from 7-8 am weekdays.
On the green side, just 25% of us are taking public transportation or sharing rides. I’m betting most of the carpoolers are using the SF casual option. A paltry 5% are walking or bicycling to the office (see Bike To Work Day).
Only 18% of residents live less than 15 minutes from work. This is the group with real options, and let’s assume everyone took the bus, bicycled or walked. That still leaves 8% who drive for their own convenience.
While this City Data is a few years old, I think the stats hold true: our commuting distances and times are barriers to change. Unfortunately, Montclair’s not becoming a community of “carbon neutral” citizens anytime soon.