Active Transportation

Active Transportation

“Active transportation” is a means of getting around that is powered by human energy, primarily walking and bicycling.  Active transportation offers the promise of improving the health of our people and the places they live. Active transportation is important for communities  for the following reasons:

  • Healthy People: America faces an obesity crisis, with more than two-thirds of American adults either overweight or obese. By making walking and biking safe and convenient, we can make it much easier for people to build routine physical activity into their daily lives.
  • Healthy Environment: Enabling people to walk or bike for some of their short trips can go a long way in helping our communities efficiently address numerous environmental challenges, from air pollution to climate change.
  • Healthy Economy: Active transportation systems also foster economic health by creating dynamic, connected communities with a high quality of life that catalyzes small business development, increases property values, sparks tourism and encourages corporate investment that attracts a talented, highly educated workforce. Active transportation also offers economic benefits to families by providing transportation options that don’t require consuming gasoline at $4 per gallon.
  • Mobility for all: Near-universal reliance on the automobile for transportation leaves many people out of the equation, stuck with no way to get around. Children, the elderly, the visually impaired or otherwise physically challenged, or those with lower incomes, are among the groups that benefit most when opportunities to safely walk or bicycle are improved.

If you are interested in partnering with us to make your community more walkable and/or bikable, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.

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