Improving transportation for non-drivers

Wisconsin Non-Drivers

Transportation is an essential need. It affects every aspect of our lives—including getting to work and accessing essential services. Non-drivers comprise a significant percentage of Wisconsin’s population, and many face challenges getting where they need to go. Non-driving populations can include aging adults, students, low-income individuals, those with physical, mental or intellectual/developmental disabilities, and those who prefer not to drive.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is committed to improving transportation mobility, safety, and access for non-drivers in Wisconsin. WisDOT formed the Wisconsin Non-Driver Advisory Committee (WiNDAC) in spring 2020 as an advisory forum to develop recommendations to improve transportation for non-drivers in Wisconsin.

Total Wisconsin Population5,951,400
Percent Driver69%
Percent Non-Driver31%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, WisDOT Division of Motor Vehicles. Non-driver percentage includes those aged 0-15 and non-drivers of eligible driving age. For additional information, please see the methodology and assumptions document below.

Non-Driver Interactive Mapping Tool

Non-drivers are located across the state, in every county—including both urban and rural areas. WisDOT developed and published the Non-Driver Interactive Mapping Tool in early 2022 as a tool to assist with non-driver planning.

The interactive map produces estimates of non-drivers within Wisconsin cities, villages, towns, U.S. Census Tracts, and U.S. Census Block Groups. The mapping tool is intended to assist state and regional planners, municipal officials, and mobility providers by increasing our understanding of where non-drivers are located in Wisconsin.

View the Non-Driver Interactive Mapping Tool on WisDOT Maps, or select the image below:

statewide picture showing relative population of non-drivers in Wisconsin 

Application Resources

  • User Guide: A document that provides an overview of the basic functionalities of the Non-Driver Interactive Mapping Tool.
  • Methodology and Assumptions: A document that contains information about the methodology used to arrive at the non-driver population estimates and assumptions made in generating the data.
  • Application Tutorial Video Series: A playlist of three brief videos that demonstrate key features of the Non-Driver Interactive Mapping Tool.

Accessibility

  • Esri Accessibility Support: A link to accessibility and support resources developed by Esri: the creator of ArcGIS Online.
  • Adjusting Text and Map Size: A document with instructions for increasing or decreasing the size of the text and maps within the application.
  • To assist with difficulty accessing the Non-Driver Interactive Mapping Tool via phone or email, go to technical support.

Non-Driver Resource Toolkit

The Non-Driver Resource Toolkit was developed in partnership with the Wisconsin Non-Driver Advisory Committee (WiNDAC) with the intent to contribute additional resources relating to efforts that impact Wisconsin’s non-driver population.

The Non-Driver Resource Toolkit includes:

​​For​ more information, contact:​
Ethan Severson
​(608) 266-1457, ethanp.severson​@dot.wi.gov​