“Active transportation” is a means of traveling using human energy. This includes walking, bicycling, skateboarding, using a wheelchair, and more. Sometimes the term “non-motorized transportation” is used to describe this method of getting around. However, “active transportation” more positively expresses the key connection between healthy, active living and our transportation choices.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INCREASING ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION?
Increased non-vehicular (auto) travel, including transit, bicycle, and pedestrian travel, will help the county to meet emissions reduction standards by reducing the amount of vehicle trips and vehicle miles traveled. Using active transportation modes contribute to reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, and a better overall quality of life within the county.
REGIONAL ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
The goal of the Regional Active Transportation Plan is to help establish a safe and functional regional network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities to better connect where people live to where they need to go in Merced County. Active transportation facilities include sidewalks, crossings, bicycle lanes, trails or other elements that provide safe and convenient opportunities for physically active travel. The plan will advance strategies from the Regional Transportation Plan to help reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prioritize equitable access to the regional transportation network. The project is anticipated to be completed by early 2024.