The Citizen - Page 27

P a g e | 27 Infrastructure Respondents to the 2015 Sangamon County Citizen Survey believe Sangamon County is in need of improvement across several areas including implementation of bike friendly lanes on roads, improving bike and pedestrian trails, and expanding high-speed internet access. A smaller percentage of respondents see improving local bus services as a priority (see figure). A higher percentage of residents living in the metro area compared to non-metro report needing bike friendly lanes and improvement of bike and pedestrian trails. Nearly half (48 percent) of metro residents say their local area needs bike friendly lanes on local roads “a lot,” compared to 35 percent of non-metro residents. Metro residents are also more likely (41 percent) than those living outside of the city (32 percent) to say improvement of bike and pedestrian trails is needed “a lot.” Residents are less likely to report that their local area needs improvements to local bus services with one-third of residents reporting this is needed “a lot.” However, it is important to note that bus ridership, particularly as a regular form of commuting to work is quite low in Sangamon County (and nationally). According to 2013 American Community Survey, 1.3 percent of workers in Sangamon County use public transportation to commute to work.1 The national average for this figure is 5 percent. In fact, only five percent of respondents to the 2015 survey indicate they use the Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD) at least once or twice a week and 85 percent report “never” using the system. 1 "Do you think your local area needs the following a lot, a little, or not at all?" Improvements to local bus services 32% 33% Expansion of high-speed internet access in your area 45% Improvement of bike and pedestrian trails 36% Bike friendly lanes on local roads 41% 35% 28% 40% 36% 27% 24% 23% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% A lot A little Not at all African-American residents are more likely than White residents to report that the local bus service improvements are needed “a lot,”