How was your commute this morning? We can hear you groaning. Some of you are yelling. There’s a more productive way to answer the question.
Mayor Bill Peduto announced that an online survey, “Make My Trip Count,” is being conducted to collect detailed information about how commuters get around and what transportation changes they’d like to see in the future.
The survey — a collaboration between the city, the Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh Foundation and 10 other organizations — is more than an elaboration on water-cooler conversations; it is part of a three-pronged, long-term strategy called the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts. The idea is for the Downtown and Oakland business sectors to drive down their use of energy, water and transportation emissions by 50 percent in the next 15 years — thus the 2030 in the name.
When it comes to setting a target for transportation emissions, the alliance first needs to gauge people’s habits — thus the survey. It takes only three minutes to complete the initial questions and a couple of additional minutes to answer some followup questions.
What’s in it for participants? First, there’s the chance to explain their reasons for commuting as they do. Love to bike? Then say so. Can’t stand the idea of driving to work with someone else in the car? Say so. Is public transportation too inconvenient or expensive? There are no wrong answers here.
The survey also asks about various road, transit and bike-lane proposals, so participants can state their preferences for the future. The more people who answer the questions, the better the results will be. Anna Siefken, who is Pittsburgh 2030 Districts director, put it this way: “How can we reduce people’s pain?”
As an added incentive, people who answer both sections of the survey are eligible to win prizes, such as a Port Authority monthly pass or Penguins game tickets.
Take the survey at makemytripcount.org through Oct. 16. You can keep complaining if you wish.