A new infographic by Mint.com reveals where gas prices are cutting deepest. However, it might also inform us of something more important -- where we need to start focusing for walkable cities. The infographic is interesting to look at simply to see how expensive gas is where, and what the difference is.
SmartPlanet points out, "However, since driving habits, travel demands and gas prices vary considerably -- depending on which region of the country you're from -- it's might be more accurate to say the problem cuts much deeper financially for some than others."
Spending on Gas Reveals Where to Begin Urban Transit Redesigns
It's true that driving habits and travel demands vary to an amazing degree, depending on where you're located, what travel demands your job makes on you for commuting, and so on. But we could also look at this graph as an opportunity to see where we need to concentrate efforts most for redesigning cities to have effective public transportation and to be easily walkable.
Of course it isn't quite as easy as saying, "Look, this city uses way too much gasoline, let's start there!" Issues like distances between destinations, weather, safety and other factors have to be taken into account. But it doesn't have to be too difficult to notice where we most need to start rolling out better public transportation systems or revitalizing streets to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
For instance, while San Francisco residents spend the most on gas during a single transaction, it's still a gas-sipping city compared to Phoenix, which spends the least per transaction on gas but has the most monthly transactions, according to the infographic. No doubt the fact that San Francisco is so walkable, has a strong bike culture, and has a huge fleet of city buses and trains helps keep gas consumption down. Walking might not be so easy in Phoenix where everything is spread out and the summer heat can melt you, but it's certainly a place where a streamlined train system could make a big difference and save used-to-be-drivers a lot of money.
Check out the full infographic on Mint.com. It's really very interesting to see statistics on which cities have the most transactions at gas stations, or the least spent per transaction and so on.
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