LA’s “Carmageddon” by the Numbers by Sydney Beveridge
Los Angeles commuters were in a tizzy as the city shut down the freeway for much-needed bridge repairs. In a city known for its car-centric culture, the driving interruption inspired a race from Burbank to Long Beach between a JetBlue passenger, a bicyclist and a public transit rider. The bike won and the metro came in second. The airplane came in third, though some say a roller blader squeaked across the finish line before it.
Using the 2009 American Community Survey, Social Explorer looked up some numbers to help keep gridlocked drivers occupied.
As background, Los Angeles commuters favor cars above all other transit, but not quite as much as the country as a whole. In New York City, by contrast, commuters favor public transit over cars by almost two to one. The tiny green bars in the below chart illustrate that few people bike to work anywhere, though more commuters bike to work in Los Angeles than in NYC (1 percent to 0.6 percent), likely in part because of the bike-friendly weather.
Means of Transportation to Work
As one might expect, New Yorkers are far less likely to have at least one vehicle available. In New York, 55.6 percent of people reported having at least one vehicle while over 92.4 percent of Los Angeles residents have at least one set of wheels.
Though Los Angeles commutes are longer than the national norm, New Yorkers still tend to spend more time on the way to work than their west coast counterparts.
Travel Time to Work (in minutes)
Using Social Explorer, you can explore more travel data, such as morning departure times and details on the number of vehicles per household. Just be careful not to query data while on the road until you come to a full and complete stop.