Interesting numbers

February 24, 2012

I came across these USA Today Snapshots (easy-to-read statistical graphics that present information on various issues and trends in a visually appealing way) and thought they were interesting.

The top Snapshot on "how much people spend commuting each month" shows costs are pretty evenly divided among the categories with a small majority (20%) spending $31 - $60. It does not divide the responses between drivers and those who take transit, bike or walk. Also don't know what the price of gas was when this survey was taken. What cost category do you fit in?

The bottom Snapshot "distracted pedestrians" is alarming, but not surprising, in the increase in pedestrian deaths from 2004 to 2011.  More people today own personal devices and use headphones while walking or biking. Often times they are oblivious to their surroundings and accidents happen. I know I sound like a cranky old person, but people, turn down the volume so you can hear outside noises and pay attention to what is going on around you. These deaths and injuries are avoidable if you just use a little common sense. Arlington's PAL (Predictable, Alert, Lawful) safety campaign gives you tips on how to safely share the roads whether you are walking, biking or driving. Hey, let's be careful out there.

Bobbi Greenberg is the Marketing Director for Arlington County Commuter Services in the Department of Environmental Services.

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