Travel survey reveals reliance on automobile in Vernon

A survey shows Vernon residents remain reliant on the automobile to get around. - Morning Star file photo
A survey shows Vernon residents remain reliant on the automobile to get around.
— image credit: Morning Star file photo

The automobile is still the main form of transportation in Vernon.

On Monday, city council received the findings of the 2013 the household travel survey, which looked at how residents travelled, how often and what mode of transportation they chose.

"Seventy per cent of Vernon-based travel used single-occupant vehicles rather than alternate modes of transportation such as walking, cycling, carpooling or transit," said Tanya Laing Gahr, communications co-ordinator.

"The city’s transportation plan has a goal of reducing Vernon-based SOV use to 62 per cent by 2038."

Lang Gahr says that if percentage of SOV trips doesn't change while the population grows, congestion could occur.

"This congestion would negatively affect the liveability of the city and hinder local businesses and economic development," she said.

Look for more in Wednesday's Morning Star.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Emission limits set for B.C. LNG producers
Family of B.C. man shot by police slams RCMP
West Kootenay/Boundary candidate numbers up slightly over 2011
UPDATED: Simushir arrives at Prince Rupert container port
Liking imports pays off
Prince Rupert superintendent discusses a new school year in a very changed district
Prince Rupert Rampage 2011/2012 season schedule released
VIDEO: Port partners looking to a bright future in Prince Rupert
Operation Popcorn thanks transplant staff

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.