An Active Transportation Dream shaped into the infamous Top Ten List:
Number 10.- School curriculum (pre-K to 12 grades) adjusts perception and teaching which establishes bicycling and walking as acceptable forms of transportation. Education materials include people walking, bicycling to school, work, and running errands. All the way up through driving classes in high school, health education, and most of all-Social studies curriculum reflects the value that walking and bicycling have contributed to survival, the movement of goods and people, and their relationship to sustainability.
Number 9.– People of all walks of life, ages, and abilities have a paradigm shift to see bicycle instruction as a key to healthier living, safer riding, and perceive how their confidence enhancements make a difference in their lives. (This means they actively seek out learning, educational, and training experiences) The shift occurs from “I learned how to ride a bike when I was young, so I know how to ride to wow, what I thought was enough to ride with confidence really can be improved so that I can ride with greater confidence more often!
Number 8. Parents become outraged that their school is not safe enough for their youngster to ride or walk to school safely. They begin to demand that the jurisdiction and school districts provide adequate infrastructure so that school zones become safe zones for riding and walking.
Number 7. All cities adopt NACTO guides for designing transportation routes with all users , of any age or abilities, in mind.
Number 6. Community engagement occurs more dynamically in neighborhoods, churches, school, and other organizations that empower a greater diversity of people in implementing active transportation solutions for THEIR lives. Facilitators rise up from within many different circles to empower individuals to take action for themselves, their families, and their communities that produce more healthy, active, and sustainable change.
Number 5. Complete Streets ordinances are adopted by all cities and towns to insure complete networking of routes for all users, that design features and budgeting include alternative transportation options in all construction and reconstruction investments.
Number 4. People in decision making positions understand the economic impact of transportation investments more dynamically. Concepts such as people who ride bike spend more at retail establishments. That bicycle infrastructure pays much higher dividends than auto-centirc routes only do. That the investment in bicycle and pedestrian safety infrastructure contributes to a much healthier economic picture for a community.
Number 3. Bike share programs developed and put in place in all cities of 15,000 people or more. Apps developed to integrate and enhance the use of Zip Car type services , as well as bike share programs to develop more of a rent rather than own a vehicle lifestyle.
Number 2. The gas tax is raised to $1.00 per gallon and 50% of that is legally directed for transit use only. The development of high speed train systems, more effective and efficient transit that truly supports under-resourced neighborhoods as well as rural towns and villages. High speed transit begins to take root with dedicated funding to off set the need for automobile use by individuals. Ten percent is ear marked for education in pedestrian and bicycle needs for all ages and abilities to improve the assimilation of walkers and cyclists into the flow of traffic in communities.
Number 1. Transportation Alternatives (Transit, bike, and pedestrian)are given a dedicated budget in the federal and state governments across the land of at least 5% of the total transportation budget. This budget is established in legislation that is not subject to the political winds that blow from term to term.
My disclaimer: there are some pieces of the puzzle I have left out or could not completely fit in. Suffice it to say that if we could accomplish all of the ten above, the rest would be seem much less necessary!