642.1 Integrating Non-Motorized Facilities
The US DOT Policy Statement encourages states, local governments, professional associations, community organizations, public transportation agencies, and other government agencies, to create safe, attractive, sustainable, accessible, and convenient bicycling and walking networks and to develop fully integrated active transportation networks. The establishment of well-connected walking and bicycling networks is an important component for livable communities, and their design should be a part of Federal-aid project developments. Walking and bicycling foster safer, more livable, family-friendly communities; promote physical activity and health; and reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use. Legislation and regulations exist that require inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian policies and projects into transportation plans and project development. Transportation programs and facilities should accommodate people of all ages and abilities, including people too young to drive, people who cannot drive, and people who choose not to drive.