Re "Driving mileage is dipping" (Back-seat Driver, Aug. 30): I note in Tony Bizjak's column the news that we have reached "peak driving." Reversing a 100-year trend, we're driving fewer miles.
This trend will accelerate as those most reducing driving are under 30. The next generations are choosing different lifestyles with shorter commutes. This is consistent with the larger suburban homes on the region's fringe being a mismatch with smaller households of the young. People clearly value their time more than larger and now unneeded extra bedrooms.
Too bad the Sacramento Area Council of Government's leaders are stuck in the past. The public needs a good explanation why we need to spend hundreds of millions on a regional ring road. SACOG calling this dinosaur a "parkway" doesn't hide the fact it is a poor use of funds.
-- Alan Hirsch, Davis