DENVER - A new report from the Colorado Public Interest Research Foundations shows Coloradans have cut their per-person driving miles by 11.4 percent since 2005.
The study also shows the overall nationwide drop in driving. Colorado has the sixth largest drop of state and now ranks 14th for fewest vehicle miles traveled per person.
The national trend has a lot to do with the recent recession. However, COPIRG states economic recovery does not necessarily mean a return to the driving-boom days.
Unpredictably, states with the biggest reductions in driving miles were rarely the states hit the worst by the recession.
The report shows states with higher percentages of the population living in urban areas have less vehicle miles traveled. Also, states with higher median incomes average fewer driving miles. Colorado ranks 11th for median income.
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