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On the path to reduced traffic congestion. As we grow our economy, we have to provide transportation choices that don’t create more traffic jams. Less time stuck in traffic means higher productivity and better mental health.

Commuters to McGill University in Montreal were more satisfied with their commute if they cycled than if they drove or took transit – even in winter. – Willis, D., Manaugh, K., El-Geneidy, A., 2013Uniquely Satisfied: Exploring Cyclists’ Trip Satisfaction, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Volume 18

Each hour per day spent driving corresponds with a 6% increase in the odds of being obese. – Frank, L., et al., 2004Obesity relationships with community design, physical activity, and time spent in cars, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 27, 87-96

In 2008, the number of miles Americans drove declined by three percent. In the same year, traffic congestion dropped 30 percent. – Carol, 2009The Tipping Point, CEOs for Cities blog, 3 March 2009

Adding a bike path along Columbus Ave in New York City led to a 35% decrease in car travel times along the corridor. – NYC DOT 2014 – Adding Bike Paths Reduces Traffic Delays

Sixty to seventy percent of increased road capacity (additional lane-miles) on state highways in California counties was filled with new automobile traffic within just five years; at the municipal level, 90% was filled over the same period. – Smart Growth America 2010 – Incomplete Streets Breed Congestion

Currently, short bicycling and walking trips account for 23 billion miles traveled annually. Shifting even a small portion of travelers out of single occupancy vehicles can have a big effect on congestion. In 2008, when national vehicle miles traveled (VMT) dropped by 3.6% , congestion plunged 30% in the nation’s 100 most congested areas. Combined with the benefits of public transportation access and mixed-use development, modest increases in walking and bicycling could avoid 69 billion miles driven; more substantial increases in travel by walking and bicycling could avoid nearly 200 billion miles driven. Avoiding these miles driven is a much more cost-effective option than continued expansion of highway infrastructure capacity. – Smart Growth America 2010 – Incomplete Streets Breed Congestion