BackgroundCourtesy 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.
PurposeReasons 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
- WSDOT Active Transportation Plan
- Funding Sources for Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities
- WSDOT Sustainable Transportation
Combined with Public TransportationPublic 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. Public Health agencies report 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.