Active Transportation Transforms America: The Case for Increased Public Investment in Walking and Biking Connectivity

More than half of all trips in the United States are within a 20-minute bike ride or less, and more than one in four trips are within a 20-minute walk or less, according to the 2017 National Household Travel Survey. Even so, the majority of these short trips are taken by automobile. Across rural, suburban and urban America, there are opportunities to shift short trips from driving to walking and biking by creating safe active transportation networks. In the process, this mode shift can create remarkable economic returns and improve the quality of lives; in fact, the findings of this report reveal that the potential annual return on investment of connected active-transportation infrastructure could be as high as $73 billion+ in a modest scenario and $138 billion+ in a substantial scenario. Mode shift leads to fewer cars and light trucks on clogged roads, as well as less air and climate pollution, while also creating a transportation environment that favors physical activity. The contents of this report include: Mobility for the 21st century; Active transportation, an opportunity for healthy lifestyles; Active transportation as a "no regrets" climate solution; and Active transportation as a strong economic driver.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 62p

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  • Accession Number: 01722069
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2019 10:00AM