Study shows people are depending less on cars to get around

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new report shows people are depending less and less on their cars to get around. Caltrans says buses, bikes and feet are becoming the new norm.

Aaron Gonzalez depends on his bicycle to get him pretty much anywhere around town.

"I commute to downtown, I live here and then I got to CSUB. I go back to work. I go get groceries. I run errands and I go back home, all on my bike, and sometimes I go on night rides or morning rides," Gonzalez said. 

On average, he racks up to twenty miles on his bike getting from point A to point B.

“When you ride your bike, not only can you work out, you get to get to your destination and you get to focus, it calms you down.  For most people, it's for fun," said Gonzalez.

According to a new study by the California Department of Transportation: biking, walking and public transportation have more than doubled since 2000.

There are many reasons for the jump, Caltrans officials say it might reflect the changing California lifestyle, people seem to be doing more healthy things and that means more walking and riding bikes.

110-thousand people in more than 42-thousand households around the state participated in the research.  

It shows the rate of Californians walking, biking and taking transit on a typical day double to 22 percent, while the rate for driving dropped about 12 percentage points.

"My feet are taking me to, it's just an everyday thing. I walk around. I walk to work. I walk home. I walk to friends' houses, that's how I basically get around," said walker, Julian Leal of Bakersfield.

From 2010 to 2012, the report shows more than 16 percent of daily trips were made on foot...and for many people they wouldn't have it any other way.

"I'm so used to walking.  So it's just normal to me, I’ve done it for a while and yeah I’m tired and my legs hurt but you know what I feel better, I lost weight, and I feel like its done good," he said.

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