Active transportation is any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling, and is beneficial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Many Americans view walking and bicycling within their communities as unsafe due to heavy traffic and a scarcity of sidewalks, crosswalks, open spaces/trails, and bicycle facilities. Improving these elements could encourage active transportation such as children biking to school or employees walking to work. Safe and convenient opportunities for physically-active active travel also expand access to transportation networks for people without cars, while also spurring investment in infrastructure to increase the comfort of the on-road experience and improve the appeal of active modes for all people.
If you are interested in learning more about active transportation and the development of safe spaces created to encourage active transportation, save the date for our upcoming Urban Design Talk: “Trails and Open Spaces” on June 23. Registration link coming soon.