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On the path to a cleaner environment. Bicycling and walking have lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions 10x lower than driving. Paths also provide Rhode Islanders with a greater connection to and appreciation of the natural ecosystems of Narragansett Bay and our historic watersheds.

Multi-use trails are pathways that connect natural, historic, and cultural resources. For most recreational trails, the natural resources are the most important feature. – Meyer 2010 – From Local to Regional: Evolution of three multi-use trails in Northeast Iowa

89% of Americans believe that transportation investments should support the goals of reducing energy use. – National Association of Realtors and Transportation for America, 20092009 Growth and Transportation Survey

More CO2 is emitted by the United States’ transportation sector than any other nation’s entire economy, except for China. – Greene, D., and Schafer, A., 2003in Pedroso, M., 2008, Safe Routes to School: Steps to a Greener Future

When the complete life cycle of the following modes are taken into account, the carbon emissions are approximately: Bicycle, 21 g CO2/passenger/km traveled Electric-assist bicycle, 22 g CO2/passenger/km traveled Passenger car, 271 g CO2/passenger/km traveled Bus, 101 CO2/passenger/km traveled – European Cyclists’ Federation, 2011Cycle more often 2 cool down the planet: Quantifying CO2 savings of cycling