Active Transportation

Increase travel by foot, bike and public transit.

Learn about the co-benefits of Active Transportation below.

Strategies

Complete Streets

Adopt and implement transportation policies that make streets accessible and safe for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians.


Public Transit

Increase use of public transit by improving bus service and bus stops.


Safe Routes to School

Establish Safe Routes to School programs that enable children to walk and bike safely to school.


Bike Path Networks

Create connected communities through bicycle and pedestrian master plans and trail systems.


Co-benefits

Active Transportation co-benefits include:

Economics: Active transportation provides connections between residences, public transportation, and destinations. This can increase economic growth and stability.

Safety: Designing safe walking and biking routes can reduce injuries for children and adults.

Reduced Traffic Congestion: Active travel choices decrease pressure on transportation networks.

Improved Air Quality: Poor air quality can lead to asthma and other illnesses. Increased biking and walking means less car travel, which can improve air quality.

Climate Change Mitigation: Fewer car trips decreases CO2 emissions.

Noise Reduction: Noise causes stress, loss of sleep, and health problems. It also reduces social interaction in public spaces. Fewer car trips reduces road noise.

Attractive Public Spaces: Active transportation means designing for people rather than cars. This makes for more attractive cities and towns.

Other Health Benefits: Biking and walking can reduce the risks of other health problems, including:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • breast cancer
  • dementia
  • depression
  • colon cancer
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