Biking and walking are essential components of the overall transportation system. Providing people with options for getting around safely by all modes of transportation is essential for ensuring good access to education, jobs, medical care, recreation, and other daily needs. The benefits of walking and bicycling are many and include improved health, less traffic and pollution, and improved economies for active places. Networks should be suited for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Ensuring that bicycle and pedestrian travel are viable travel options for all people means providing safe facilities and connected networks. Developing walkable and bikeable activity centers with good access to transit helps develop more vibrant and healthy communities. A better mix of land uses can help make distances between destinations shorter and encourage more walking and biking.