A survey shows Vernon residents remain reliant on the automobile to get around.

A survey shows Vernon residents remain reliant on the automobile to get around.

Travel survey reveals reliance on automobile in Vernon

Seventy per cent of Vernon-based travel used single-occupant vehicles rather than alternate modes of transportation

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.