Courtesy of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, active transportation is travel powered by human energy, and walking and biking are the most common means of active transportation. Active transportation is a descriptive term that is gradually replacing non-motorized transportation. It recognizes walking and cycling for what they are rather than what they are not.
Reasons to consider active transportation:
- Better for the environment
- Good for your health
- Good for your neighborhood
- Saves you money
ResourcesThe Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Program offers important information, view their health and environmental benefits of walking and cycling page. In addition view Information from Washington State agencies:
- Department of Health (DOH) Building Healthy Communities initiative
- Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
- WSDOT Safe Routes to School Program
- WSDOT Sustainable Transportation
Combined with Public Transportation
Public transportation can be an effective way to use active transportation in your everyday activities. For example, you can load your bike on the bus with you in the morning and ride it home in the afternoon. King County Public Health reports that even if you leave your bike at home, research has shown that people who use public transportation get more physical activity on average than people who drive.
Visit the Port Townsend Guide public transportation page for local options, including Jefferson Transit bus service.