Reason for Support #72 : It gives you options

Those opposed to the bike plan haven’t been on a bike in years and probably will never use a bike for years to come. They are happy being so reliant on the car and they want to make everyone else reliant on cars as well. What Arlington needs is transportation diversity. Diversifying Arlington’s transportation infrastructure gives people choices of how they can go about their business and it makes the entire system less susceptible to shocks.

With diversity you have choices

63% of daily car trips are only five miles or less.

40% of daily car trips are only two miles or less. [1]

These are great opportunities to bicycle!

Is gas too expensive? Ride a bike.
Going only a mile to the store? Ride a bike.
Is it raining outside? Drive your car.

Without any bike infrastructure you have one choice:

Is gas too expensive? Too bad, drive your car anyway.

Show the council that you want to have more choices when it comes to transportation.

Contact them directly and tell them you support the plan (click here)
Show up to the Hike & Bike Plan meeting on February 8 (more info here)

[1]  National Household Travel Survey 2001, cited in the Hike and Bike Plan at p. 1-8.

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  1. 1 Town Hall Meetings! « Bike Friendly Arlington

    [...] Plan will help create a system of bike lanes that will GIVE people CHOICES about how they get around town. It will FACILITATE bicycle and pedestrian MOVEMENT throughout [...]

  2. 2 Arlington’s Hike & Bike Master Plan Built to Completion « Bike Friendly Arlington

    [...] The city’s Economic Development Director, Sarah Friendly also commented on economic impacts that the bicycling infrastructure has had on Arlington over the past 20 years. “When the plan was first adopted, the City knew that it was an engine for economic development and it would give Arlington a competitive advantage over other bike friendly cities in the Metroplex like Fort Worth and Dallas. At the time of adoption, Arlington was ‘aging in place’ and we needed a younger tax base. The city knew that amenities like on-street and off-street bicycle infrastructure would help attract the younger generation looking for more transportation options.” [...]




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