Active transportation not only helps the environment, but has a positive economic impact on communities as a whole. Using walking and biking as primary modes of transportation have helped some cities collect over $80 million dollars in annual revenue.
Cities that put sustainable transportation first, see increases in local spending and savings in healthcare costs. Active Living Research found cities that are easily accessed by foot and bike also have increased property values. The Vermont Agency of Transportation reported bicycling and walking created at least 1,400 jobs, $41 million in wages and $83 million in revenue for the state during 2012.
While walking and biking have positive health benefits, the economic benefits are becoming far too great for city planners and governments to ignore.
Even in a city known for its traffic, Los Angeles is beginning to understand the importance of walkability and safety for bicyclists. CicLAvia, which is quickly catching the public's attention, is an organization working towards making the streets of Los Angeles safer for active transportation. Throughout the year CicLAvia holds car-free street events to help demonstrate the importance of walkable cities.