Urban Land Institute has released the Building Healthy Places Toolkit, exploring 21 evidence-based recommendations for improving public health through land use practices. Today’s post is the first in our series highlighting the Building Healthy Places recommendations, examining our current properties and practices, and identifying ways that we can push ourselves to create more healthy communities.
Building Healthy Places Recommendation #4 Provide Infrastructure to Support Biking
HOW TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IS DESIGNED determines how extensively active transportation options such as walking and biking are used. In communities that are designed to prioritize pedestrians, walking is a reliable mode of transportation with demonstrated health benefits. Biking is a great form of exercise, emission free, and one of the most efficient forms of transportation available—particularly for shorter trips under two miles. Bike lanes support real and perceived safety for all street users. Several studies have shown a positive association between bicycle lanes and levels of bicycling. —Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment, Urban Land Institute, 2015