"...for communities to thrive, trails and other safe walking and bicycling
are absolutely essential."1
"'Active transportation' is a means of getting around that is powered by human energy," such as walking and bicycling.1
Active transportation helps all people to be more active and benefits people in all communities. Prioritizing and investing in active transportation enables residents in all kinds of communities to be more physically active throughout their daily routines, whether they live in small rural towns or larger urban centers. A connected network of walking and bicycling infrastructure ensures people can access work, school, shopping, healthcare, transit, and recreation opportunities without relying solely on roads and access to a motor vehicle.
Activities that Support Active Communities:
- Advocate for Safe Routes to School programs that support and enable children to walk and bike to school safely.
- Accommodate all users of the roadway with safe street design, such as "complete streets." This includes sidewalks, bike lanes, and shared use of roadways through signage.
- Develop a connected infrastructure of trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes to support safe walking and bicycling to public parks and recreation areas, libraries, grocery stores, business centers, and other public spaces.
- Promote and facilitate the increased use of active modes of transportation (walking, cycling, skating) to improve the health and wellness of the community.
- Develop public education, promotional and safety programs for people walking and bicycling.
- Develop way-finding signage, maps, and other visual cues to direct pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Foster a safe, mobility-focused public transportation system that promotes economic opportunity and growth for all Idaho citizens.