Bicycle and Pedestrian
Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are important factors in developing a comprehensive transportation plan. Federal law states that “bicyclists and pedestrians shall be given due consideration in the planning process…bicycle facilities and pedestrian walkways shall be considered, where appropriate, in conjunction with all new construction and reconstruction of transportation facilities except where bicycle use and walking are not permitted”.
The benefits of non-motorized transportation include health and environmental as well as economic. The environmental benefits of walking and bicycling – decreased air, water and noise pollution, less vehicular traffic, and hence, decreased congestion, etc. have been well documented, as have been the health benefits to individuals.
Bicycling and walking are important elements of an integrated, intermodal transportation system. Constructing sidewalks, installing bicycle parking at transit, teaching children to ride and walk safely, installing curb cuts and ramps for wheelchairs, striping bike lanes and building trails, all contribute to our national transportation goals of safety, mobility, economic growth and trade, and to the enhancement of communities and the natural environment, and national security.