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Making a case for active transportation It is an inescapable fact of life here in Miami, as much as it is in every major city across America, that we are beleaguered by traffic congestion, and relief is needed. The practicality and wisdom of making biking and walking mainstream-transportation options in Miami are undeniable. Cities like Seattle and Portland provide safe, convenient and affordable options enabling residents to choose the transportation mode that best meets their needs. Daily, more commuters switch to public transportation, cycling and walking in places where such infrastructure investments have been made. It's time for a similar movement in Miami, and Miami-Dade County's Parks & Recreation Department is proceeding to bring about that change.

Transportation should be about people and enhancing the quality of life-not just the movement of vehicles. Here in Miami, more than half of all trips made are three miles or less and the majority made by automobile. Our planning is taking into consideration the joyous sense of freedom that comes from being able to ride your bike or walk to a destination. We're also examining potential savings in fuel costs, a smaller carbon footprint and practical ways to achieve recommended levels of physical fitness. These are among the benefits that make active transportation-travel powered by human energy-irresistible. The time has come for an end to car-centered transportation policies and, instead, for a truly multi-modal policy that supports active transportation.

Miami-Dade Parks, in collaboration with other county departments like Public Works, is currently developing active transportation systems consisting of seamless networks of accessible trails, sidewalks and on-road bike facilities. Active transportation will play a bigger role in Miami, if we make it a priority to build functional networks of bicycle lanes and boulevards, bike paths, shared-use trails, and sidewalks that connect places where substantial numbers of people live, work, shop, and play. Willing, supportive individuals and federal investment are the only things required.

Recently, we completed various improvements to the Rickenbacker Trail, one of many upgrades underway for bicycle facilities throughout the county. We invite you to enjoy them.

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