Walking and biking contributes to a healthier community—physically, socially and economically. Those who make active transportation a part of their lifestyle save money on fuel, spend less time in traffic and integrate physical activity into their daily routine. People that walk or bike also reduce their air quality impacts, which is a growing concern, especially in Utah’s metropolitan areas. Active transportation helps alleviate personal stress, reduce rush-hour congestion, vehicle emissions and fuel consumption and lessens the amount of parking needed. Walking and biking also help contribute to more vibrant communities that appeal to residents and visitors.
Planning for projects begins many years before construction and requires involvement and coordination. UDOT’s Move Utah program and our partners facilitate the beginning of this process. A good non-motorized transportation network requires a team effort from a variety of stakeholders. These include: federal, local and state agencies; health departments, transit agencies, advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations; and business and community leaders. Move Utah is committed to working in a team environment and collaborating with partner agencies to develop objectives, goals and plans to address the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the state.