INCREASING BICYCLING & WALKING TRIPS
The Oregon Transportation Plan calls for doubling the number of bicycling and walking trips over the next 20 years.
Increases in recycling and seat belt use have resulted from successful campaigns aimed at changing behavior. Similar efforts could be applied to encourage increased bicycling and walking. Successful campaigns portray a positive image of walkers and bicyclists, emphasize the benefits of bicycling and walking, and inform the public of the drawbacks associated with over-reliance on the automobile.
The brainwashing, I mean, behavioral correction, starts with psychological tactics. Essentially, they will train us the same way you would train your dog: If you walk/ride you are "good" but if you drive you are "bad." Bikes = Good, Cars = Bad
The experience of campaigns to promote alternate modes indicates that increasing the attractiveness of these modes is often insufficient to make substantial changes in travel behavior. When driving is inexpensive and convenient, other modes such as walking, bicycling and mass transit cannot compete effectively.
Reducing the attractiveness of driving alone can help make other means of transportation relatively more attractive. Observations of travel patterns in other developed nations indicate a correlation between the relative ease of driving and the use of other modes.
Some factors that decrease the attractiveness of driving alone are high gasoline prices, vehicle registration fees and parking rates; low availability of parking; and restricted driving privileges in downtown and other high pedestrian use areas.
Since ODOT can't convince you that the "alternative" to driving is a better choice our government is actively "campaigning" to make your car "unattractive." Not just psychologically either, they will make it impractical. By making car ownership more difficult they can change the current "path of least resistance" for some people. Unfortunately this means that more poor people will have fewer transportation choices and be forced to take the bus in the rain. Less "choice" and punishing "the poor," welcome to the real Democrat's ideas!
Zoning for high densities of employment, housing and mixed-use development places origin and destination points closer together, creating a more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment. This can be done more easily in new developments, but can be retrofitted into established areas with neighborhood commerce zoning.
This is coming from the same people who say that a drivers license "should not be an immigration document." Was zoning ever intended to be used as a device to get people out of their cars?