There are many aspects to a vibrant, livable community, not the least of which is creating safe, efficient and enjoyable walking and bicycling opportunities. The Grand Valley’s topography and climate are ideal for bicycling and walking as a viable transportation choice and for recreation. A walkable and bike-friendly community has positive impacts on the local economy and stimulates economic development by making the area attractive for business relocation and retention and tourism, as well as for residents who enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Walkable/bikeable communities have been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being and quality of life, to boost community spirit and livability, to improve traffic safety, and to reduce pollution and congestion.
I support local efforts to encourage a vibrant, healthy lifestyle through active transportation and recreation, allowing people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to walk and bike easily, safely and regularly in our community.