Energy timelines - transportation

   
Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation. It is any trip made for the purposes of getting yourself, or others, to a particular destination - to work, to school, to the store or to visit friends. As long as it is "active", you can choose the mode - walking, cycling, wheeling, in-line skating, skateboarding, ice skating (eg. on a canal). Walking and cycling are the most popular forms of active transportation. It can also involve combining modes such as walking/cycling with public transit.
   
   
1800
Transportation as we know today was almost non-existent. Railroads covered far less territory. Trains were much smaller. Horse-drawn carts moved food and all other items on land, and barges moved them on rivers.
 
1908
Henry Ford produced the Model T car (Note that the Model T had been designed to use ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two fuels).
 
1992
Thirty four percent of total energy was used to make electricity.
 
1951-present
Oil has given us most of our energy. Automobiles increased the demand for oil.
 
1969
Automobiles averaged 5.1 years of age.
 
1969-1990

Among men who were working, the number who could drive grew from 80 percent to 95 percent. Among women who were working, the number who could drive grew from 61 percent to 86 percent.

 
By 1978
New car fleets were to have an overall average of 18 miles per gallon of gasoline.
 
By 1985
New car fleets were to have an overall average of 27.5 miles per gallon of gasoline.
 
1995
Among women who were working, the number who could drive declined to 80 percent. Among men who were working, the number who could drive declined to 88 percent.
 
1995
Among women who were working, the number who could drive declined to 80 percent. Among men who were working, the number who could drive declined to 88 percent.
 
 
 
     

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