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Active Transportation

Overview

Active transportation is any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling. Strategies to expand and improve forms of active transportation include:

Increasing access and prioritizing development of active transportation like walking and cycling reduces a household’s reliance on single-occupancy vehicles and fossil-fuel dependent vehicles. It also has implications for public health including reduced cardiovascular risk and increased air quality.

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Ava Gallo

Climate and Energy Coordinator

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Key Facts

Choosing a bike over a car just once a day reduces an average citizen’s carbon emissions from transport by 67%.

Active commuting that incorporates cycling and walking is associated with an 11% reduction in cardiovascular risk.

A 5% increase in neighborhood walkability was associated with: 6.5% fewer vehicle miles traveled per capita, 5.6% fewer grams of nitrogen dioxide per capita, and 5.5% fewer grams of volatile organic compound emitted per capita.

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Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook

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Making Strides: 2022 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities

Safe Routes Partnership released a new report to track each state’s progress in supporting communities where people can easily be physically active.

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Complete Streets Policies

Smart Growth America has a resource on Complete Streets policies nationwide.

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Mobility Solutions Toolkit

The San Diego Association of Governments has a Mobility Solutions Toolkit to understand mobility and environmental justice.

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E-Bike Incentive Programs in North America

The Transportation Research and Education Center has a live E-Bike Incentive Programs in North America table to track e-bike purchase incentive programs in the United States and Canada.

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