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Survey: People driving less in Milwaukee, Madison

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A new survey shows that people are driving a lot less in Wisconsin's two largest cities.  

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group said folks in the Milwaukee area reduced their driving by 20 percent from 2006 through 2011. That's the nation's second-largest decline -- and Madison had the third-biggest drop at 18 percent.  

Bruce Speight of the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group said there's a clear shift away from city driving. He said politicians should invest more in bicycle paths and public transit instead of new and expanded highways.  

Speight noted that Milwaukee and Madison have already added facilities for bikes, walkers, and mass transit -- and it probably contributed to the decrease in motor vehicle traffic.  

Experts say younger Americans generally prefer alternatives to driving -- and high gas prices could be a reason.  

New Orleans had the nation's biggest drop in driving, likely due to the city's rebuilding work after Hurricane Katrina.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)