Destination resorts accommodate a large proportion of America's indoor and outdoor recreational activities. The very success of such major recreational attractions often creates substantial automobile-related conflicts with the quality of the attractions themselves, and with the cities or towns which form a part of their context. Experience has shown that high quality public transit alone is not likely to lure substantial numbers of tourists (or local residents) from their cars without auto disincentives. Based on a series of destination resort studies, a systematic approach to "controlling" automobile impacts through TSM has been developed. The analysis is based on disaggregating local travel, targeting specific tripmakers, and calibrating a combination of auto-disincentive measures. Pitkin County, Colorado, the site of Aspen and Snowmass, constitutes one of the largest year-round, automobile-based outdoor attractions in the country. Recently, the County embarked on an ambitious investigation of ways to "manage" the automobile through a wide range of auto disincentives. Based on an analysis of visitor and resident behavior, programs were developed including direct and indirect measures aimed at both pre-arrival and on-site travel behavior. Innovative physical, economic, and regulatory measures were combined into strong and moderate disincentive programs with the help of citizen groups. These programs were tested along with transit improvement for their effectiveness in reducing congestion, noise and air pollution, and improving mobility and the quality of the visitor experience. The County has adopted a strong program and is seeking funding for implementation. The Pitkin County experience illustrates an approach which may be useful in other contexts. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Lockwood, S C
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 10 p.
  • Serial:
    • PRC P&E Tech Notes
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324463
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM