ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Active transportation is defined as traveling using human power, primarily walking and biking. Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District encourages and supports active transportation as a way to reduce vehicle emissions, improve air quality and help reach climate change goals for California.

 

May is National Bike Month!

Why Walk or Bike?

LESS DRIVING = LESS POLLUTION
The largest contributor to greenhouse gases in California is from transportation, accounting for 37% of all emissions.
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Biking and walking, whether for commuting or recreation, are great forms of exercise and improve public health.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Supporting active transportation benefits local economies, residents and visitors by promoting healthy, safe, connected and attractive communities.
CONVENIENT
50% of vehicle trips Americans make are less than 3 miles! Although biking or walking may not always be feasible for those traveling long distances, once you have arrived at your destination you can walk or bike.
AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE
Walking and biking are affordable and accessible ways for everyone to get around. Active transportation cuts gas and vehicle maintenance costs.
BIKING AND WALKING ARE FUN!

Promoting Active Transportation

Just a few of the participants during May 2015 Eastern Sierra Bike Month.

Great Basis Unified Air Pollution Control District supports and promotes projects that encourage and facilitate walking and biking. Examples include:

2016 Bike Month 2015 Bike Month AT

Improving Active Transportation Opportunities

LOCAL PROJECTS

Local government agencies throughout Alpine, Mono and Inyo Counties continue to complete and work on projects to improve active transportation. Examples include:

STATEWIDE

California has legislation and programs in place that support active transportation including the Complete Streets Act, the Active Transportation Program, the Three Feet for Safety Act, the Sustainable Communities Planning Grants, and the Caltrans Complete Streets Deputy Directive.   Additionally, many state agencies including the California Department of Public Health, California Highway Patrol, California Office of Traffic Safety, Department of Motor Vehicles, Caltrans, the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research and the Strategic Growth Council support active transportation efforts.

 

Resources

Government

STATE
CA Active Transportation Safety
CA Dept. of Public Health: Pedestrian Safety Program
Caltrans Bicycle Program
Safe Routes to School Resource Center
California Air Resources Board

NATIONAL
Federal Highways Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
Everyone is a Pedestrian
Pedestrian & Bicycling Info Center

Non-Governmental

STATE
California Walks
California Bicycle Coalition
Local Government Commission

NATIONAL
National Complete Streets Coalition
League of American Bicyclists
Alliance for Bicycling & Walking
Rails to Trails

For more information, contact Ann Piersall, Active Transportation liaison.




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