Key findings on passenger rail, biking, walking and more
Change is not only coming to northwest Licking County, but also all of Central Ohio. As the region is expected to grow by up to 800,000 people in the next few decades, area leaders are grappling with how to control growth.
One recent development is a survey series called Leaders Listen, which is a partnership of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, The Columbus Dispatch and CHRR (a research center) at Ohio State University.
The series started with a survey on transportation and mobility. More than 2,500 residents in 15 counties participated. Here are some key findings:
What are the moderate to extreme barriers to buy and use an electronic vehicle?
85 percent: Purchase price
77 percent: Access to charging
52 percent: Knowledge of EV
Convenience when not driving a car
56 percent: Inconvenient to walk to work
46 percent: Inconvenient to bike to work
44 percent: Inconvenient to walk for errands
40 percent: Inconvenient to bike for errands
What should be the No. 1 ranked transportation investment?
90 percent: Find passenger rail moderately to extremely helpful
Concerns about moving around your own community
The top three answers:
- Riding the bus takes too long
- Not enough safe bike routes
- Too many unsafe drivers