The transportation system in the MAG region favors private motor vehicle use. Those who walk, bike, use a mobility device or take transit, whether by choice or necessity, do not have the same level of access and mobility as people who drive. Furthermore, the reliance on automobiles and the degree to which automobiles have been prioritized have had adverse impacts on public health. The effects include obesity and chronic diseases, exposure to air pollution and increased collision risk. Enhancing the region’s active transportation network is essential to providing a more equitable and healthy transportation system. Active transportation investments must:

  • Focus on enhancing travel options and access to basic services and job opportunities for underserved populations
  • Incorporate universal access principles and be designed to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements
  • Provide more opportunities for people, particularly populations with poor health indicators, to integrate activity into their daily lives
Transportation Planning Project Manager
Kay Bork