Bike and pedestrian plans bring a multitude of benefits to a community’s health, economy and environment.
Bicycle and pedestrian plans increase residents’ accessibility to local businesses. They encourage residents to travel along the bikeways or sidewalks to nearby shops that are locally owned instead of jumping in a car to drive 10 miles away. When we create a safe avenue for residents to easily access local businesses, these critical pieces of local economy are preserved. Furthermore, bike and pedestrian plans lead to savings in overall transportation costs for residents.
Chicagoland residents, like all Americans, struggle to maintain physical activity in their daily lives. Encouraging bicycling and walking is part of the solution. Bike and pedestrian plans integrate healthy, physical activity into everyday travel, fostering active lifestyles. About 40 percent of all car trips are less than 2 miles. A person can bike that in less than 10 minutes.
In addition, when residents choose active transportation, air pollution decreases and air quality improves. Communities will find themselves healthier, with lower incidence of asthma and other respiratory problems.
Chicagoland is clogged with traffic. This congestion is detrimental not only to individuals’ health, but also to the overall health of the environment. Bike and pedestrian plans encourage residents to leave behind traffic congestion and take up non-polluting forms of transportation. Encouraging this behavior reduces traffic congestion and tailpipe emissions and conserves limited energy resources.
Ready to get started? Contact Heather Schady at (312) 427-3325.