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Why do we care about transportation?
Transportation refers to how we move ourselves and our stuff around. Countywide, transportation is responsible for the biggest chunk (60%) of our "activity-based" emissions. It also has a large impact on our daily lives. Let's imagine transportation systems that are clean, affordable, safe, equitable for all members of our community -- and fun!
Four or five generations ago, around 1900, people and things moved on the county's roads on foot and by horse. Traffic moved at a pedestrian pace. And we didn't have traffic problems, highway fatalities, and photochemical smog.
As our county has sprawled, we've become more and more dependent on our gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars, trucks, and SUVs to more us around, yet 60% of all trips are shorter than 5 miles. And owning a car is expensive: according to AAA, "...In 2016, the average cost of owning and operating an average sedan costs $8,558 per year."
A zero-emissions, clean-air transportation system that supports a healthy planet and healthy people. Infrastructure will include new bikeways, charging stations, bus rapid transit stations and many more simple yet effective innovations.
An integrated public transit system that connects all the places people need to go (residential neighborhoods, downtown, schools, playing fields, libraries, parks, shopping areas, business zones, etc.) so that people of all ages and abilities can easily get around town without the need to own their own car.
Streets for people. Before the automobile, traffic moved at a pedestrian pace. Streets were places where people walked, biked, encountered one another, even played and gathered. Imagine cars and trucks as guests on streets for people!
Streets for people are designed for active transportation, including heavily-used dedicated/protected bike paths, bike lanes, and bike streets.
A complete network of (intercity and intracity) bike lanes and bike paths that connects all the places people need to go (residential neighborhoods, downtown, schools, playing fields, libraries, parks, shopping areas, business zones, cities and towns, etc.) so that people of all ages and abilities can easily get around without the need to own their own car.
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