Active Transportation Plan

Mother riding a bicycle with baby riding in rear-mounted child seat while daughter rides in frontWhat is Active Transportation?

Active Transportation is any form of human-powered transportation, such as walking, cycling, using a wheel-chair, in-line skating, or skateboarding. 

Fayetteville’s Active Transportation Plan outlines a network of sidewalks, trails, and bicycle facilities to provide walkers, cyclists, and other users with clear pathways and connections to important City destinations, just like streets and roads do for motorized vehicles. When the plan was adopted, 63 percent of Fayetteville residents lived within 1/2 mile of a shared-use paved trail. By 2040, this number is projected to increase to 97 percent! 

Fayetteville’s Active Transportation Goals

  1. Endeavor to create an inclusive, multi-modal transportation system.
  2. Work to build a trail connection within 1/2 mile of every residence.
  3. Increase the active transportation commuting mode share to 15 % by 2020.
  4. Identify, prioritize and address missing bicycle and pedestrian linkages.
  5. Partner with advocates to address bicycle and pedestrian needs.
  6. Earn Bicycle Friendly Community designation of Silver by 2017. 
    • Achieved in 2016.  Going for Gold status by 2020! 

What’s In It for You

  • Active transportation can improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. 
  • Consistent walking or biking has been shown to improve balance and coordination, decrease the risk of heart disease, and even improve mental health.
  • Choosing active transportation can also have a positive effect on your bank balance by reducing the costs of car maintenance, fuel, insurance, and health care. 
  • The benefits of a robust active transportation network can improve a community by helping to foster a cleaner environment, greater economic resilience, and an overall better quality of life.