Active transportation is human-powered transportation: walking, running, cycling, using a wheelchair, skateboard, scooter, and more. These modes of transportation add healthy physical activity to getting around town for errands, shopping, or business.
The goal of formalizing Active Transportation as part of government policy and programs is to address traffic congestion while adding a few more minutes of healthy activity to daily life. Helping people make more of their daily short trips by walking or using bicycles or by making a few trips by bus or train will save taxpayers’ money in the long run. Short trips of less than one mile make up 20 percent of our traffic, but it often takes less time to walk half a mile (10 minutes) than to drive and find parking.
Removing a small percentage of cars from the roads can dramatically improve the flow of traffic at peak times. Research shows that people new to shifting trips away from the car are more likely to start by choosing active transportation for a non-work trip – small shopping trips, going to lunch, getting to the dentist: these represent 70 percent of the trips we make each day. Shifting a few of those to walking cleans up the air and leaves some parking spaces for those who need to drive.
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One role of the Active Transportation Coordinator is to act as a resource for city and county staff to implement the priorities and projects identified in the Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.