Friday, November 14, 2008
The following is a Newschannel 5 editorial response.
Building safe places to walk and bike makes sense – especially now with high gas prices, climate change and an obesity epidemic.
A new federal transportation bill will be drafted soon, and groups like Local Motion are working to secure $50 million dollars in federal funds to connect our region’s sidewalks, bike lanes, and paths.
The investment would put Vermonters back to work building these facilities and get more Vermonters active, thereby reducing our health care costs. It would also revitalize our village centers and reduce emissions.
VTrans found 55% of area residents are using our tails every year, and the US Census found 18% of commuters are walking and biking to work in Chittenden County’s core. This is not about lycra-clad cyclists. This is about kids walking to school; it's about seniors strolling to the local store, and commuters biking to work. Active Vermonters are healthy Vermonters.
That’s how I see it.
This has been a Newschannel 5 editorial response.
Editorial Response by Chapin Spencer, Executive Director Local Motion, Burlington, VT
Original editorial: Local Motion Media File: Bike Math?