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Benefits and Impacts

Active Transportation Projects

The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan considers and plans for all modes of travel, and this plan specifically looks to integrate active transportation into the transportation system. Many people walk and bike for their transportation needs—commuting to work, school and shopping. Over the years, we continue to see growth in the number of these trips and the amount of users as biking and walking increasing along the Wasatch Front. Supporting these modes of transportation has many advantages, as not only is bike and pedestrian activity consistent with many of the RTP goals but it works to promote a healthy lifestyle, increase transportation options, support our healthy environment through better air quality and can make a positive contribution to the economy.

The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan addresses the existing active transportation network, as well as those routes that are anticipated as part of the proposed future network. To see these routes go to our interactive map. Planning for Active Transportation is done through two WFRC plans, a 2015-2040 Bicycle Base Network, that includes all local and county plans, and a 2015-2040 Regional Priority Bicycle Network.

The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan Bicycle Networks include many critical connections and look to make regional connections and support local communities. This growing network will increase access and give the current user the ability to capitalize on more routes using connections, will encourage additional residents to utilize the system, and will enhance the safety of bicycle and pedestrian commuters as well as recreational users. Adding connections and new routes give the existing active transportation more value.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council participates on many active transportation planning efforts, understanding that travel choices are critical to maintaining and building an efficient and integrated transportation system for our region. Overall, 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan places a growing emphasis on active transportation, considering access, convenience, and safety of bicycle and pedestrian path users a major priority among the bike plans and integrated within the highway and transit projects.


REGIONAL PRIORITY AND BASE BICYCLE NETWORK COSTS

Base Bicycle Network

1319 Miles;  $244,015,000

Regional Priority Bicycle Network

  615 Miles;  $113,775,000