Despite our dispersed land settlement pattern, Vermonters seem to be making a greater effort to walk, bike, and carpool than other Americans, although the number of trips made by these alternatives are low all around.
Travel Mode Share
The vast majority of trips are made in cars, trucks, suvs, vans and motorcycles. A more energy efficient mode like public transit makes up a tiny fraction of trips made in the state. Vermonters take more trips on foot and bikes than other Americans, but these zero emission makes up a small portion of the overall travel.
According to data from the most recent NHTS travel behavior survey (2009), most non-commuting trips were shorter than 2 miles, yet most of those trips were made in a motor vehicle. This raises the question--with better cycling and walking infrastructure, could more of those trips be on foot or by bike?
Despite a drop in 2014, the percentage of Vermont's population that is licensed to drive has risen steadily since 2009. Vermont's population is older, with fewer people under 16, but our low density also contributes to a higher than average license rate.