Active transportation is any kind of human powered mode, but usually refers to biking and walking. Active transportation is not only for getting in shape and staying healthy – though walking and biking are excellent exercise and can be a fun way to introduce physical activity into your daily life. But keep in mind: your feet are an efficient and fun way to get around town. You’ll be reducing automobile congestion, pollution, and noise, not to mention air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
MVRPC has several ongoing efforts to encourage and accommodate Miami Valley residents who use active transportation, including the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network. The Agency hosts Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) webinars each month for transportation professionals, and hosts seasonal events under the Drive Less Live More program.
The 2014 Bikeways Map for the Miami Valley is now available. Get yours now, there are several ways to get one in your hands. If you live, work or play in the Region, you can pick up a free map at a location near you or see more options to get a map in your hands. No pick up location near you? See more options to get a map in your hands.
MVRPC staff developed two (2) public service announcement regarding “Safe Cycling Tips” featuring Bike Miami Valley Executive Director, Laura Estandia and MVRPC Executive Director, Brian O. Martin, AICP. Launched during “National Bike Month”, these PSAs are geared to both Cyclists and Motorists. Locally over 30% of all trips are less than 2 miles from the original destination. In some cases, these are trips that could be taken by bike very easily. It's our intention to encourage resident to bike for short trips, but to do so safely.
View the Cycling Safety Tips for Cyclists video
View the Cycling Safety Tips for Motorists video
MVRPC has published a brochure to help encourage the safe use of bicycles for Active Transportation. “Drive Your Bike” gives pointers on how to get comfortable with using a bicycle in place of a car for some trips. The short booklet also includes a Bicycle Equipment Checklist of recommended items for the safe operation of your bicycle, and tips for cycling safely, predictably and visibly while following the rules of the road. Pick up a copy, or download one, and give it a read. And next time you have the time and the weather is right, why not “Drive Your Bike?”
MVRPC’s Executive Director, Brian O. Martin, AICP, made his debut on WDTN’s “Living Dayton” today explaining our Drive Less Live More initiative and various transportation alternatives. Click to view his interview.
In cooperation with trail managing agencies across the Miami Valley and with the help of many dedicated volunteers, MVRPC completed regional trail user surveys in 2009 and updated in 2013. The projects consisted of two count and survey days – a Sunday and a Wednesday in summer. Trail users were counted and surveys were distributed to those who wished to fill one out. MVRPC has completed reports of the count and survey findings for both projects.
MVRPC works with Ohio DOT (ODOT), the Safe Routes National Partnership, and many local jurisdictions to create alternative transportation options around schools. Allowing kids to bike or walk to school increases their focus and concentration at school, and helps set lifetime patterns that reduce obesity and other negative health impacts.
MVRPC works with member jurisdictions to enhance the environment for walking as well. Please see our Walkable Communities page for information on our projects and publications.
MVRPC's continuous safety analysis program routinely reviews crash data for accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians. Get more information from the MVRPC safety program.
The “Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” invites mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year. The Challenge will showcase best local practices to improve safety, share tools for local leaders to take action, and promote partnerships to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety. MVRPC supports and promotes this national Department of Transportation effort.