Sustainable transportation infrastructure investments and mode share changes: A 20-year background of Boulder, Colorado

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11286/602299
Title:
Sustainable transportation infrastructure investments and mode share changes: A 20-year background of Boulder, Colorado
Authors:
Henao, Alejandro; Piatkowski, Daniel P.; Luckey, Kara S.; Nordback, Krista; Marshall, Wesley E.; Krizek, Kevin J.
Abstract:
This case study examines transportation infrastructure investments along with data revealing mode share in order to highlight correlations between investments in sustainable transportation infrastructure (‘supply’) and patterns of non-automobile mode share (‘demand’). The analysis assesses data from Boulder, Colorado, a city that has made substantial efforts to improve its multi-modal transportation infrastructure and services by investing in pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure and services. We aim to describe connections between supply and demand by measuring two phenomena: the extent of transportation infrastructure investments supporting pedestrian, bicycle, and transit modes made between 1990 and 2009 and the share of these modes during the same 20 years period. Results illustrate an overall increase in transit and bicycle mode share and a decrease in single occupancy vehicle share, with consistent pedestrian share. We conclude that Boulder's investments in improving mode choices through new infrastructure and services supporting non-automobile modes are associated with increasing share of non-automobile modes. This is despite national trends that indicate an increasing automobile mode share. Regardless of the reasons for the positive trends experienced in Boulder, the presence of robust pedestrian, bicycling, and transit infrastructure has clearly coincided with evolving travel preferences. Boulder therefore serves as an example for other cities desiring to focus on developing policies and infrastructure that expand the availability of non-automobile modes.
Affiliation:
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Citation:
Henao, A., Piatkowski, D., Luckey, K. S., Nordback, K., Marshall, W. E., & Krizek, K. J. (2015). Sustainable transportation infrastructure investments and mode share changes: A 20-year background of Boulder, Colorado. Transport Policy, 3764-71. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2014.09.012
Publisher:
Elsevier Ltd
Journal:
Transport Policy
Issue Date:
Jan-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11286/602299
DOI:
10.1016/j.tranpol.2014.09.012
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0967070X14002121
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0967070X
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dc.contributor.authorHenao, Alejandroen
dc.contributor.authorPiatkowski, Daniel P.en
dc.contributor.authorLuckey, Kara S.en
dc.contributor.authorNordback, Kristaen
dc.contributor.authorMarshall, Wesley E.en
dc.contributor.authorKrizek, Kevin J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-20T19:41:37Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-20T19:41:37Zen
dc.date.issued2015-01en
dc.identifier.citationHenao, A., Piatkowski, D., Luckey, K. S., Nordback, K., Marshall, W. E., & Krizek, K. J. (2015). Sustainable transportation infrastructure investments and mode share changes: A 20-year background of Boulder, Colorado. Transport Policy, 3764-71. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2014.09.012en
dc.identifier.issn0967070Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.tranpol.2014.09.012en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11286/602299en
dc.description.abstractThis case study examines transportation infrastructure investments along with data revealing mode share in order to highlight correlations between investments in sustainable transportation infrastructure (‘supply’) and patterns of non-automobile mode share (‘demand’). The analysis assesses data from Boulder, Colorado, a city that has made substantial efforts to improve its multi-modal transportation infrastructure and services by investing in pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure and services. We aim to describe connections between supply and demand by measuring two phenomena: the extent of transportation infrastructure investments supporting pedestrian, bicycle, and transit modes made between 1990 and 2009 and the share of these modes during the same 20 years period. Results illustrate an overall increase in transit and bicycle mode share and a decrease in single occupancy vehicle share, with consistent pedestrian share. We conclude that Boulder's investments in improving mode choices through new infrastructure and services supporting non-automobile modes are associated with increasing share of non-automobile modes. This is despite national trends that indicate an increasing automobile mode share. Regardless of the reasons for the positive trends experienced in Boulder, the presence of robust pedestrian, bicycling, and transit infrastructure has clearly coincided with evolving travel preferences. Boulder therefore serves as an example for other cities desiring to focus on developing policies and infrastructure that expand the availability of non-automobile modes.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherElsevier Ltden
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0967070X14002121en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Transport Policyen
dc.subjectTransportationen
dc.subjectBoulder, Coloradoen
dc.subjectTransportation Infrastructureen
dc.titleSustainable transportation infrastructure investments and mode share changes: A 20-year background of Boulder, Coloradoen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Urban Studies and Planningen
dc.identifier.journalTransport Policyen
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