A Parked Car Uses Less Gas than a Mobile Hybrid
If you buy a 2011 Toyota Prius and drive it 100 miles a day for your commute to work, you would burn 500 gallons of gasoline a year. Whereas if you walked, bicycled, carpooled, or took mass transit to work, you wouldn't.
Unfortunately, 60 years' worth of U.S. zoning laws have trapped many of us into suburban sprawl that keeps commercial buildings -- be they stores or offices -- miles away from residences. That means a car becomes necessary even to get a gallon of milk. And outside a few major cities, mass transit is unappealing or nonexistent.
While most Americans say they would like to live much closer to their jobs, mixed-use neighborhoods that prioritize walking, biking and mass transit over single-occupant cars are often still viewed as something akin to socialism by local officials.