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Moving Towards A Car-Free D.C.

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Supporting carsharing services like car2go are just one way to help move D.C. towards a less congested future.
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Supporting carsharing services like car2go are just one way to help move D.C. towards a less congested future.

D.C. residents and workers are increasingly opting out of traveling by car. Both city government and businesses are facilitating helping to this transition.

Car registration rates in D.C. have barely increased in the last decade, despite a population boom. That's according to Ron Kirby, Director of Transportation Planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He appeared Monday on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

"We've done regional surveys: 1994 and then 2007 and 2008, and between those two points in the 16-34 age group, the auto driver auto travel has dropped by 7 percent," said Kirby.

As more people choose to go car-free, new options are popping up. In addition to public buses and trains, Zipcar and car2go services, the popular Capital Bikeshare program has expanded to 160 stations through the District and Arlington.

Martin Austermuhle, DCist.com Editor-in-Chief, said he's observed the city's progressive efforts toward bike-friendlines: "They're building more bike lanes and related infrastructure, and the numbers have shown, the more you build, the more people will use it."

Austermuhle acknowledges, however, there are some unresolved road sharing issues between drivers and bicyclists.


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