How Health and Transportation are Connected

Two major challenges face many communities across the nation:

  • A health crisis – we have skyrocketing health care costs with an ever increasing demand for health care to treat illnesses associated with the obesity epidemic that spans all age groups.
  • Growing transportation problems – for 40-50 years we have designed our roads just for motor vehicles. This resulted in busy intersections and roads carrying high speed traffic that make it unpleasant and sometime unsafe for many of us to walk or bicycle.

The typical American travels mostly by automobile:

  • 25% of all trips are made within 1 mile of home
  • 40% of all trips are within 2 miles of home
  • 50% of the working population commutes 5 miles for less to work

These are all easily traveled distances by bike.  Yet 82% of trips 5 miles or less are made by personal motor vehicle.

  • Bicycling provides a simple solution to local transportation and health care challenges!
  • Bicycling is not only good for the body; it is also good for the mind. The feelings of accomplishment and relaxation that follow a bike ride, combined with the physical benefits lead to reduced stress levels, heightened self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • People in communities across America want to improve their quality of life. They want a less-stressful lifestyle, a cleaner environment, affordable transportation and better health. 

Improvements in walking and biking in a community leads to:

  •  Reduced traffic 

  • Better air quality
  • Improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Improved public health
  • Higher property values
  • Increased business growth and increased tourism.