Bikeways and sidewalks add to a healthy lifestyle while reducing neighborhood congestion, improving air quality and energy conservation, not to mention fuel cost savings.
The RTC review process for 2040 long-range plan recommended a combined bicycle and pedestrian modal split of 8% by 2013; 9% by 2018; 11% by 2030; and 12% by 2040. Additional enhancements include ensuring bicycle parking is adequate to promote use at transit stations and transfer facilities. Currently, all RTC Ride buses have a bicycle rack.
While the volume of pedestrian travel is much lower in the suburban and rural portions of Washoe County, it is still an important mode of travel, particularly for children going to and from school and recreation facilities. Pedestrian access to public transit from daily living activity areas are also important, e.g., travel to food stores, healthcare, schools, shopping areas, etc.
The Rails-toTrails, Active Transportation for America 2008 study found that more than half of current car trips could be completed within a 20-minute bicycle ride, and 25% of trips within a 20-minute walk. The 2014 study reported that about 50% of all trips taken in the United States are ≤3 miles, which equates to approximately 15 minutes on a bicycle.
Here’s the 2014 data poster from RenoTracks.