Making the Case for Active Transportation
Mini-reports addressing each of the five major issue areas related to active transportation are available below, along with key talking points.
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- Nearly half of all trips in the United States are three miles or less.
- Building more roads alone does not significantly mitigate congestion.
- Active transportation investments lead to increased mode share. In Minneapolis, 28 percent of all trips involve walking or biking.
- The obesity epidemic results in 300,000 annual deaths and $117 billion in health-related expenses.
- Experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week.
- Integrating exercise into daily trips is an easy and fun way to meet this requirement.
- Since car ownership is the second largest expenditure for the average American household, driving less can free up substantial resources for other needs.
- Trails consistently increase property values along their corridors.
- Trails are the top community amenity potential homebuyers seek in a new neighborhood.
- Automobiles account for 20 percent of U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions.
- Automobile emissions are rising due to more people, more cars per person, and more miles driven per car.
- Walking and biking currently yield greater CO2 reductions than other popular solutions like hybrid cars.
Family and Community
- Build community by connecting residences, retail and commercial centers, educational facilities, recreation areas, and other assets via trails.
- Provide safe places free of traffic for children and others to learn bicycling skills.
- Improve equity by providing accessible transportation choices for children, the elderly, disabled populations and low-income groups.