Study Shows When, Where, How Much Motorists Drive

On average, Americans drive 29.2 miles per day, making two trips with an average total duration of 46 minutes. This and other revealing data are the result of a ground-breaking study currently underway by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute.

The Foundation’s new American Driving Survey offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive look at how much Americans drive on a daily and yearly basis.  First-year data, collected May 2013 through May 2014, is available now from the ongoing study, which will set the benchmark for future data and ultimately reveal trends in Americans’ driving habits.

“This is the first ongoing study that provides a look at when and how much Americans are driving,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for AAA Northeast.  “Existing federal data with this level of detail was last released in 2009, eight years after the previous release. This substantially limits the extent to which we can use existing data to draw conclusions about Americans’ current driving habits.”

The first-year results of the American Driving Survey revealed that:

  • Motorists age 16 years and older drive, on average, 29.2 miles per day or 10,658 miles per year.
  • Women take more driving trips, but men spend 25 percent more time behind the wheel and drive 35 percent more miles than women.
  • Both teenagers and seniors over the age of 75 drive less than any other age group; motorists 30-49 years old drive an average 13,140 miles annually, more than any other age group.
  • The average distance and time spent driving increase in relation to higher levels of education. A driver with a grade school or some high school education drove an average of 19.9 miles and 32 minutes daily, while a college graduate drove an average of 37.2 miles and 58 minutes.
  • Drivers who reported living “in the country” or “a small town” drive greater distances (12,264 miles annually) and spend a greater amount of time driving than people who described living in a “medium sized town” or city (9,709 miles annually).
  • Motorists in the South drive the most (11,826 miles annually), while those in the Northeast drive the least (8,468 miles annually).
  • On average, Americans drive fewer miles on the weekend than on weekdays.
  • Americans drive, on average, the least during winter months (January through March) at 25.7 miles daily; they drive the most during the summer months (July through September) at 30.6 miles daily.

“This new data, when combined with available crash data, will allow us to conduct unique, timely studies on crash rates for the first time,” continued Mary Maguire. “This will allow us to identify specific problems and evaluate various safety countermeasures to a degree never before possible.”

Results from the American Driver Survey were based on telephone interviews with a nationwide sample of 3,319 drivers who reported detailed information about all their driving trips taken the day before the interview. Data collection is ongoing; the information reported in the first-year results was collected between May 21, 2013 and May 31, 2014. The full results from the inaugural American Driving Survey are available online at www.aaafoundation.org.

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Quincy RiverWalk April 25

The Neponset River Watershed Association is supporting the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Park Serve Day, by hosting a clean-up along the newly opened Quincy RiverWalk on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“The Quincy Riverwalk is a great new resource to enable local families to enjoy the Neponset River,” said Ian Cooke, executive Director of the Watershed Association. “The cleanup will be a fun way to get everything looking great for the upcoming summer season.”

The Quincy Riverwalk is a new 2 mile trail that opened in the fall of 2014. It runs along the Neponset River between the Adams Inn and DCR’s Squantum Point Park. The trail is a public-private partnership involving the Adams Inn, Neponset Landing Apartments, DCR, the MBTA and Boston Scientific.

The Quincy Riverwalk was created over the last decade by the landowners working in partnership with community volunteers, the Neponset River Watershed Association, and the City of Quincy’s Community Preservation Committee. A map of the Quincy Riverwalk can be found at www.neponset.org/your-watershed/quincy-riverwalk-map/

DCR Park Serve Day involves volunteer projects all across the state. With the help of volunteers, DCR will spruce up park facilities, clean coastlines, clean and maintain trails, plant flowers, and more! These valuable resources belong to all of us, and we can all take pride in them. Since Park Serve Day began in 2006, tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents have helped to prepare Massachusetts state parks and beaches for the summer recreation season. Please plan to come out and join in on April 25th. It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Week.”

Volunteers should park under the Neponset Bridge, between the Adams Inn and Neponset Landing Apartments at 2 Hancock Street, Quincy, and meet at the Neponset Landing Pier, adjacent to the Neponset Landing Apartments.

Please RSVP to Nancy Fyler by emailing fyler@neponset.org or by calling 781-575-0354 x307.

For more information about the event, and the Quincy RiverWalk, visit www.neponset.org

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Recycled Rain Barrels Available

The City of Quincy is partnering with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park to offer recycled rain barrels to residents of Quincy as part of a community wide conservation and sustainability program.

“We are bringing rain barrels to Quincy to help homeowners bring down their water costs and help our community protect their aquifers” said John Sullivan, Program Manager for Quincy’s DPW. “Rain barrels lower municipal water demands and save energy at water treatment facilities by reducing water pollution and storm water runoff. Using rain barrels to collect water off your downspout will conserve municipal water supply and cut household water bills up to 40 percent.  Rain water is free of chlorine and water treatment chemicals making it an excellent water source for lawns, plants and gardens.”

Outdoor water usage increases dramatically in the summer months when homeowner’s water plants, lawns, fill pools and wash cars outdoors. Using rain barrels not only saves money but can offset that usage.

In this region there is typically 16 inches of rain from May 1st to Sept. 30th. For every inch of rainfall, a 1,000-square foot surface can collect 620 gallons of water, which means that over the course of the extended summer months an average roof of 2,400 square feet could see more than 20,000 gallons of fresh rainwater passing over its surface during that time.

“That is a significant source of water that homeowners could be tapping into for free,” Sullivan said.  “Just keeping a small 10-foot by 10’foot garden irrigated during the summer months can mean using over 1,000 gallons of water and yet it only takes one tenth of an inch of rain to fill a 60-gallon rain barrel. The Great American Rain Barrel Company recommends one barrel for every 100 square feet garden.”

Rain barrels also reduce runoff.  In watershed areas, runoff from homes and developments can harm existing water sources because overtaxed storm sewers discharge polluted runoff. Over time this takes a toll on the fragile aquatic ecosystem that the area is dependent on.

“Quincy is offering the Great American Rain Barrel in three colors; Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray at the low cost of $79,” Sullivan said.  “Each 60 gallon UV protected polyethylene rain barrel is manufactured in the USA from a recycled shipping drum that stands 39 inches tall by 24 inches wide and weighs 20 pounds empty with a wall thickness of 3/16 of an inch, resulting in a rigid, heavy duty rain barrel that will last virtually forever.

“The barrel comes complete with overflow fittings, insect screen, drain plug, screw on cover, and a threaded spigot with a choice of two ports to use with either a watering can or a garden hose,” he added.

To purchase: visit  info@greatamericanrainbarrel. com, click on “ Shop Local Programs “ in the lower left, click on “Quincy.”  Barrels will distributed on: Tuesday, May 12th from  5 to 7 p.m. at the DPW Parking Lot, 55 Sea St, Quincy.

Deadline for purchase is 5 p.m. on May 5th.

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Stop & Shop’s Triple Winner Benefits Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Stop & Shop continues its partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Boston Red Sox with the 25th anniversary of its Triple Winner Game to help cure childhood cancer.

The organizations are inviting Massachusetts Stop & Shop customers to participate in the Triple Winner Game at the cash registers. Beginning April 10 and while ticket supplies last, customers can help cure childhood cancer by making a $1 contribution* to the Jimmy Fund to receive a Triple Winner scratch ticket.  The ticket could be an instant winner of a free product   or a cash prize up to $10,000 or provide the customer with a product coupon.

Stop & Shop, in partnership with the Boston Red Sox, has raised $56.5 million through the Triple Winner Game since 1991. This year, the company aims to raise $2.5 million for The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its in-store campaign, Help Cure Childhood Cancer”.

“We are grateful for the support we receive from our customers, associates and friends to help raise the funds needed to save lives and bring hope to families who are battling cancer,” said Don Sussman, president of Stop & Shop Divisions. “Together as a community we can raise even more money to support Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in their efforts to fund pediatric cancer research and patient care.”

“The future is here,” said Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, director of the pediatric medical neuro-oncology program at Dana-Farber. ”Thanks in part to the incredible support of the Stop & Shop family, we have reached our goal of identifying some of the underlying genetic pathways that give rise to pediatric brain tumors. We have opened the first clinical trials that will provide important research from which to base treatment. With clinical trials available in New England, across the country and around the world, the generosity of Stop & Shop will benefit children locally and globally as we learn more about tailoring treatment strategies that will improve outcomes for these special patients.”

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Mayor, Developers Unveil Three Major Downtown Developments

Quincy developer Peter O’Connell, who has developed landmark local projects such as Marina Bay and Quarry Hills, has proposed to build a 122-unit, 15-story luxury high rise in the Hancock Parking Lot. Rendering courtesy Ross Design Construction/John R. Perry Architects

Quincy developer Peter O’Connell, who has developed landmark local projects such as Marina Bay and Quarry Hills, has proposed to build a 122-unit, 15-story luxury high rise in the Hancock Parking Lot. Rendering courtesy Ross Design Construction/John R. Perry Architects

Three developers (from left) Alex Matov, Peter O'Connell and Sean Galvin joined Mayor Thomas Koch Tuesday in unveiling plans for three major developments in Quincy Center. The trio projects that have a combined dollar figure of $100 call for a 15-story residential tower, a hotel, and a luxury condominium building. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Three developers (from left) Alex Matov, Peter O’Connell and Sean Galvin joined Mayor Thomas Koch Tuesday in unveiling plans for three major developments in Quincy Center. The trio of projects that have a combined dollar figure of $100 million in private investment call for a 15-story residential tower, a hotel, and a luxury condominium building. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas Koch joined with three developers Tuesday to unveil  a proposed 15-story residential tower, a hotel, and a luxury condominium building that proponents said would anchor the next step of Quincy Center redevelopment.

Developers Peter O’Connell of Quincy, Alex Matov of LBC Boston and Quincy native Sean Galvin of Galvcon Development detailed their mixed-use projects at a news conference today in the Mayor’s office. Combined, the projects will total in the range of $100 million in private investment.

“This is a tremendously important step forward for the future of Quincy Center,” said Mayor Koch “We have been working for some time on creating the opportunity to bring this kind of private investment to the heart of Quincy Center, and it’s going to happen. The time is now, and I’m thrilled that these developers have shown such great commitment to our future.”

  • O’Connell, who has developed landmark local projects such as Marina Bay and Quarry Hills, will build a 122-unit, 15-story luxury high rise in the Hancock Parking Lot;
  • LBC Boston, which has spent more than $23 million acquiring property around Quincy Center over the last year, will build a 116-room hotel at 1500 Hancock Street, the block beginning at the corner of Cottage Avenue.
  • Galvcon Development, a long-time Quincy developer of high-end residential properties, will build 48 luxury condominium units on the site once home to Woolworth’s at the intersection of Hancock Street and Cliveden Street.

The Mayor also announced that this phase of development will include the construction of a parking garage in the Hancock Lot. The design and total number of spaces is being engineered now. Based on the design of the garage, remaining property in the Hancock Lot will be offered to additional developers in the form of a Request For Proposals.

He said the City’s overall strategy for the downtown has remained unchanged, asserting that any infrastructure investment will be directly tied to new revenue generated by the private development.

“We’ve said from Day One, we’ve held to it, and we’re going to continue to hold to it – the downtown will pay for itself,” he said.

The O’Connell development will also require a land agreement with O’Connell, which will include an extensive public approval process when presented to the City Council.  That agreement is slated to take shape in coming months.

The proposals comes as construction for the first step of downtown redevelopment, Quincy Mutual’s West of Chestnut development, is getting underway. That plan, being developed by Gate Residential, calls for a $100 million investment and 200 units of luxury housing split into two phases.

This is a developing story. More coverage in The Quincy Sun’s April 9th edition out on Wednesday.

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