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@1, no municipal broadband talk, just survey talk. Speaking of surveys, don't forget to weigh in on Comcast (for video service, because apparently they can't franchise agree on internet or something). https://www.seattle.gov/cable/franchiser…
from pg 18
Broadband and technology
Part of making Seattle vibrant, affordable and connected is looking at how Seattlites connect to the internet. This spring, the City is releasing its first Information Technology Indicators Survey in four years which will give the city hard data on how residents currently use the internet and mobile devices across the City.
While we know that while it will show Seattle is a connected city, unfortunately we also know that it will also show that across the city there are disparities in connectivity. We will use this data to inform our policy decisions and set priorities
Also, the non-SOV work-commute modeshare about which Seattle politicians love to pat themselves on the back refers only to those who work downtown.
Taken as a whole, the commute-trip non-SOV modeshare for all residents of Seattle proper hovers in the teens, which is not cause to get especially excited.
I meant to say that work-commute transit use for all Seattle residents hovers in the teens. Which is accurate, and unimpressive for a city that wants to view itself as non-car-centric, but which is unsurprising when we have a nearly 90% rate of car ownership and a transit system that sucks for getting anywhere but downtown.
As for the other categories: The walking and biking ("other means") percentages seem about right to me, but that self-reported 10% carpool rate looks like bullshit. Maybe once-per-week carpoolers. Maybe.
Regardless, the mayor claimed we're "one of five US cities where under 50 percent of commuters use single-occupancy vehicles." That's a lie -- 53.2% do (higher if you ignore those who work from home), by its own most flattering statistics. Downtown does not a city make.
Anyway, late-night mistype forgiven.
Oh, and I at least kind-of believe the 10% carpool number. Couples commonly carpool, as do parents and children (and with Seattle schools' recently-dead open enrollment system, commutes to school were often across town).
Murray made a clear statement about what a majority of commuters do. And, as usual, that statement was derived from a statistic about those who work downtown (regardless of point of origin), and ignorant of all other trips being taken within city limits or by city residents. That makes both his wording and his back-patting false.
Downtown-centricity is a problem if you desire to stitch together a functioning urban area. Real cities do more than shuttle between downtown towers and living room sofas.