Need For The Plan

  • In the U.S. 30% of the population currently does not drive a motor vehicle
    • Children
    • Elderly
    • People physically unable to drive
    • People that are financially unable to afford the cost and maintenance of a vehicle
    • Increasing population who chose to use alternative transportation for its economic, environmental, and health benefits

 

  • Health Facts
    • For every $1 spent in trail / bicycle infrastructure, $3 in direct medical costs are saved
    • Adults should participate in moderate activity for at least 150 minutes a week (30 minutes a day x 5 days per week)
    • In the state of Indiana, 30% of adults are considered obese
    • In the state of Indiana 16% of teenagers are considered obese
    • Sedentary lifestyles are on the increase
    • In 1969 the percentage of school children walking to school was 48%
    • Today the percentage of school children walking to school is 13%
    • Studies show that kids who walk or bike to school arrive ready to learn and more focused
    • Workers who walk or bike to work are more productive and more focused

 

  • Traits of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community
    • Better quality of life for citizens of the community
    • Improved Economic Development
    • Improved Environmental Benefits
    • Improved Health Benefits