The Greensboro is developing a plan called GoBORO, for the city to become car optional by 2045.
According to a recent study by HVACGnome, it’s going to be much more difficult for Greensboro to transmogrify into a car optional city than most cities. In fact, according to the study, it will be more difficult for Greensboro than 190 cities in the US and every other major city in North Carolina.
The report ranked Greensboro 191st in the country for “car-free living.”
So while the goal of GoBORO is to make Greensboro car optional by 2045, if the report has any validity, then Greensboro might want to extend that by a few years, or maybe decades.
Leaders in Greensboro are big on road trips to see how other cities deal with similar issues, and the folks in charge of GoBORO might want to load up a couple of vans and head up to Richmond, Virginia, which ranked ninth on the list of 200 cities. Plus Richmond doesn’t have a light rail or street trolley system, both of which are incredibly expensive to build. Considering the fact that it will take Greensboro more than 20 years to complete the Downtown Greenway, a 12-foot wide sidewalk around the Center City, it is hard to even contemplate how long it would take to build something infinitely more complicated like a street trolley or light rail system.
The metrics used to ranked Greensboro near the bottom of the list of car-free living cities included four categories, access, commute culture, safety and climate.
Greensboro had an overall score of 28.91 compared to the number one city in the country, San Francisco, which had an overall score of 57.67. In the category of access, Greensboro ranked 197 in commute culture, 138 in safety 153, and in climate, Greensboro scored its highest rank of 108.
Other cities in North Carolina ranked better than Greensboro, but most not by a lot. Winston-Salem ranked 177, Charlotte ranked 171, Raleigh ranked 126 and Fayetteville ranked 124. Durham had the best ranking of any city in the state at 97.