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Commute Mode Share in US, 2015
Average Annual Cost of Car Ownership
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the average annual cost of owning and operating a new car in the U.S. is now $9,282.00 or $773.50 a month. This cost is for vehicles driven 15,000 miles a year in 2022 and includes depreciation, loan interest, fuel, insurance, maintenance, and miscellaneous fees.
27,970 average annual miles are driven by a person in private vehicles, including cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, pickup tricks, taxicabs, other trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and light electric vehicles such as golf carts.
The Goal of Petaluma's 2008 Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan: "Create and maintain a safe, comprehensive, and integrated bicycle and pedestrian system throughout Petaluma that encourages bicycling and walking and is accessible to all."
No two ways around it: bike lane terminology is confusing.
Class 1: Dedicated bike paths (or "multi-use" or "shared-use" paths) for exclusive by bicyclists and pedestrians. Class 1 bike paths come closest to making cycling safe for people of all ages and abilities.
Class 2: Bike lanes along streets and marked only by striping and often by signage; and -- very occasionally -- by green paint in the bike lane.
Class 3: So-called "bike boulevards," are ordinary streets in which bicycles share the roadway with vehicles. Bike boulevards are typically marked only by sharrows and signage, sometimes with the addition of speed bumps.
Class 4: Separated bike lanes, sometimes referred to as "cycle tracks," are for the exclusive use of bicycles (and similar wheeled devices). Separated bike lanes come in many varieties: protected bike lanes are separated from traffic by physical features that have a vertical dimension (such as bollards, planters, etc.); buffered bike lanes are separated from traffioc by a wider painted margin; parking-protected bike lanes are separated from traffic by parked cars.
Class 1 bike lane
Class 2 bike lane
Class 4 bike lane