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Less cars, more bikes on Reno-Sparks streets


By Vega

A new report released by Traffic Works, an engineering and transportation firm, shows that more people are using alternative forms of transportation in the Reno-Sparks area.

The RTC regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection program monitored 38 locations around the area and compared the data from September 2013 to May 2013. The data from May 2013 did correspond with Bike to Work Week and the warmer temperatures may have affected the data.

The comparison showed an increase in bicycle use by 16 percent, foot traffic by seven percent and even wheel chair data showed an increase on complete streets by 10 percent.

A complete street is designed to accommodate car, bike and foot traffic, complete with full sidewalk access. Among complete streets, a notable increase of 50 percent bike and foot traffic was recorded.

The RTC has been working on increasing accessibility to heavy traffic areas by adding sidewalks where none exist. This may be reflected by the increase in wheel chair data.

After data for September 2014 is recorded, a full report will be released on alternative transportation in the area. The traffic works report can be seen at the following link.


Christopher Vega
Christopher Vega
Christopher Vega, born in Madison, Tenn., is married, father of three boys and a late bloomer to education. He has 15 years of experience working with disadvantaged youth and is completing two degrees in Journalism and Art.